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Women's track and field wins USM Invitational

Duncan

Bash

Mitton

Kendall

Hartung

Arens

Lindauer

Radis

Godek

Schleck

GORHAM, Maine -- The Bates College women's indoor track and field team took first place in the six-team USM Invitational on Saturday. Bates scored 186.50 points, ahead of Springfield (151.50), Southern Maine (117.50), Worcester State (103), Emmanuel (63.50) and Mount Holyoke (19).

Senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) took first place in both the shot put (44-11.50) and the weight throw (54-01.75) to lead the way for the Bobcats.

Other event winners for Bates included senior Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), who won the 800-meter run in 2:26.85, junior Jennifer Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.), who won the mile (5:29.40), senior Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario), who won the 3,000 meters in 11:00.77, and sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.), who won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.77 seconds.

Bates won the 4x400 relay, as Tobin, junior Katherine Collet (Leawood, Kan.), junior Lindsay Soule (South Portland, Maine) and junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 4:14.55. Bates also took first place in the 4x800 relay (10:05.45), run by first-year Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.), senior Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine), first-year Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and first-year Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.).

Other notable performances included: Arens finishing second in the 800 (2:28.23), Lindauer finishing second in the 600 (1:40.73), with Hartung third (1:42.19), junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.), second in the weight throw (49-07.25), junior Megan Schleck (Mendota Heights, Minn.), second in the pole vault (8-11.75), junior Chloe Bourne (Litchfield, Conn.), third in the mile (5:33.50), senior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.), third in the weight throw (45-11.25), and sophomore Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine), third in the triple jump (35-00.25).

Bates also had two athletes compete at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University on Friday. Senior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) ran the first indoor 800 race in her career and finished 27th out of 77 competitors, including many Division I and II runners, in a time of 2:20.60. Bash raced in the mile and placed 41st out of 96 runners in a time of 5:17.42.

Bates will next compete at the State of Maine Indoor Championships, to be held at Bowdoin on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

USM INVITATIONAL MEET RESULTS

BU TERRIER INVITATIONAL RESULTS