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Godek leads women's track and field at USM Invitational













GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) stayed undefeated this season in both the weight throw (54-04.75) and the shot put (40-08.75) to pace the Bates women's track and field team to a third-place finish among seven teams on Saturday at the USM Invitational.

Godek recorded personal records in both events, and improved her provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships in the weight.

Bates won a number of other events, and recorded numerous top-three finishes as well, including:

  • Sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) finished first in the 600-meter run, timing in at 1:41.58.
  • Sophomore Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter run in 10:47.67, qualifying for the ECAC Division III Championship.
  • First-year Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) won the 800 meters in a time of 2:22.86, more than a second ahead of the runner-up.
  • The Bobcats won the 4x400 relay, completed in a time of 4:09.06 by sophomore Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), Arens, Nixon and first-year Jenny Fucillo (Winthrop, Mass.).
  • Bates also placed a close second in the 4x200 relay, with first-year Abby Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), sophomore Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine), Flanagan and senior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) finishing in 1:49.82. Both the Bobcat 4x400 and 4x200 relays qualified for the ECAC Division III Championships with their times.
  • Bates took first in the 4x800 relay as well. Sophomore Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.), sophomore Nora Hanagan (Singapore), senior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.) and first-year Meg Ogilvie (Hopedale, Mass.) won by a margin of more than 23 seconds, in 10:15.23.
  • Junior Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) finished as runner-up in the triple jump (34-08.50) and was third in the long jump (16-08.75). Piers also came in eighth in the 55-meter dash, with a finals time of 8.03.
  • Ogilvie ran to second place in the mile at 5:27.68.

Bates scored 134 points, behind Springfield (197) and Southern Maine (175), and ahead of Smith (61), Emmanuel (40), Mount Holyoke (24) and Gordon (10).

Bates returns to the University of Southern Maine on Friday for the Maine State Indoor Championships, starting at 6 p.m.