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Godek's career-best weight throw is second at ECAC Championships

Sara Ellen Godek '11hit 17 meters in the weight throw for the first time in her career at ECACs. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

NEW YORK -- Bates College senior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) had a career-best 17-meter effort in the weight throw on Saturday at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the New York Armory, likely earning a place at the NCAA Championships in the process.

Godek threw the 20-pound weight 55-09.25, second among 23 athletes in the event, improving her provisional qualifying status to compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships by moving her as high as 13th on the national performance list. She is likely to join fellow senior captain Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) at NCAAs, which take place March 12-13 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. At last look, Lindauer ranked 12th in the country in the 400-meter dash.











Bates also finished sixth in the 4x800 relay on Saturday. Finishing the race in 9:39.88 were sophomore Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.), sophomore Nora Hanagan (Singapore), first-year Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) and senior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.).

The three team points made it 11 total for the Bobcats, tying them with RPI for 25th place out of 47 scoring teams.

Other strong performances on Saturday included:

  • Sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) ran to ninth place out of 23 in the 800 meters, with a time of 2:18.21.
  • Nixon also placed 14th in the 1,000, at 3:01.91.
  • Senior Kerri Leonhardt (Milford, N.J.) was 17th in the 3,000 meters, at 10:36.48.

Friday Recap

Godek placed ninth in the shot put and the Bobcats ran the second-fastest 4x200 relay in team history on Friday at the ECAC Division III Track and Field Championships.

Godek's top effort of 39-08.75 was just out of the team scoring, ninth best out of 22 competitors in the event. She will compete in the weight throw when the meet continues on Saturday.

The Bobcats placed 10th out of 24 squads in the 4x200 relay. Sophomore Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), sophomore Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine), first-year Jenny Fucillo (Winthrop, Mass.) and junior Liz Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) finished the race in 1:47.60, edging Tufts by a tenth of a second. The quartet's time ranks second in team history, behind only the 1:46.99 run in 1984 by Andrea Kincannon, Camille McKayle, Jennifer Pratt and Meredith Martin.

Other Bobcats competing on Friday included:

  • Bates took 14th in the distance medley relay. Nixon in the leadoff 1,200-meter leg, Hanagan in the 400, Arens in the 800 and Reedich in the 1,600 finished the race in 12:34.01, the sixth-best time in team history.
  • Sophomore Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) was 24th in the 5,000, in 18:38.17.

Meet Results

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