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Godek, rookies get women's indoor track season off to good start

Sara Ellen Godek hit the NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's track and field team opened the 2011 indoor season by hosting Colby and MIT in a tri-meet Saturday at Walter Slovenski Track. MIT won the meet in impressive fashion with 216.5 points, but Bates edged Colby for second place with 85.5 points to the Mules' 76.

Senior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) dominated both the shot put and the weight throw. Godek recorded a personal record by a foot in the shot put at 12.22 meters, and her 15.99-meter weight throw met provisional qualifying standards for the NCAA Championship.

Several performances put newcomers to the team on the all-time top 10 performance lists:

  • first-year Jenny Snyder (Scarborough, Maine), who was third in the 55-meter dash at 7.61 seconds, sixth-best all-time.
  • first-year Jenny Fucillo (Winthrop, Mass.), whose qualifying round time of 8.99 seconds in the 55 hurdles puts her seventh best all-time.
  • junior Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine), whose 5.02-meter long jump placed second out of 16 competitors.

Bates hosts the Bates Women's Pentathlon on Friday starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday (Jan. 22) Bates hosts the University of Maine, Colby and Southern Maine for a four-team meet starting at noon.