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Godek leads women's track and field to 11th at New Englands









CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates senior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) took second place in both the weight throw and the shot put, leading the Bobcats to 11th place among 24 scoring teams at the New England Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by MIT.

Godek's shot put of 40-11.50 was second only to Tufts' Kelly Allen, and her weight throw of 53-06.50 was second only to Amanda Gricus of Westfield State.

Bates recorded several other All-New England (top eight), point-scoring performances on the day.

Fellow senior captain Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) took third place in the 400-meter dash, and in the process she qualified provisionally by a hundredth of a second for the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career, with her time of 58.63 seconds.

Sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) finished seventh in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:22.79.

Bates ran its fastest 4x200 relay of the past two years, taking fifth place overall in 1:48.71. Sophomore Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) led off, followed by sophomore Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine), first-year Jenny Fucillo (Winthrop, Mass.) and junior Lizzie Carleton (Westborough, Mass.).

Bates also took seventh place in the 4x400 relay race, as the quartet of first-year Abby Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), Fucillo, first-year Allison Travers (Brentwood, N.H.) and Lindauer finished in 4:13.81.

Other highlights from the meet included sophomore Lindsay Cullen's (Newburyport, Mass.) terrific performance in the 5,000 meters. Cullen won the first heat in a big personal-record time of 18:36.61, 10th best overall and a qualifying time for the ECAC Division III Championships. Also, Fucillo recorded a season-best in the 55 hurdles, at 8.90 seconds, 13th best among 28 runners.

Bates' showing snaps a three-year streak of sixth-place finishes at the meet.

Bates is at the all-divisions Open New Englands next weekend at Boston University.

On Friday, Bates senior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.) finished 12th out of 22 athletes on Friday in the pentathlon, leading five Bates athletes in the event. Collet led all participants in the 800 meters with her time of 2:31.46, worth 675 points. She was followed closely behind by Flanagan with 2,586 points. First-year Holli Kenison (Orono, Maine) was 17th with 2,347 points, followed by first-year Maddie Smit (Lawrenceville, N.J.) in 18th with 2,337 and sophomore Kate DeAngelis (Lewiston, Maine) in 19th with 2,331.