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Lindauer 13th in 400, Arens 22nd in 800 at NCAAs

Dana Lindauer '11, recently named the female recipient of the Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award, finished 13th in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)
Bud Arens '13 finished 22nd in the 800-meter run at NCAAs to cap her breakthrough sophomore season. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Bates College senior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) closed out her outstanding collegiate track career on Friday evening by beating her seeding to finish 13th in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Later on Friday night, Bates sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) competed in the 800-meter run in her first NCAA championship appearance, finishing 22nd in 2;17.86.

Lindauer ran the second-fastest 400 of her career, 56.84 seconds, just .10 seconds shy of the team record she set numerous times in her career. She entered the meet as the 15th seed in the field of 23 runners.

Also Bates' No. 2 all-time performer at 1,500 meters, Arens ran the second-fastest 800 in team history, at 2:13.65, two weekends ago at the Open New England Championships in New Haven, Conn.

Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) caps a brilliant senior year, after also competing in the 400 at indoor nationals in March, and anchoring Bates' NCAA-qualifying 4x400 relay team. The owner of four team records, Lindauer was honored last week as the female winner of the 2011 Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award, going to the Bates varsity athlete owning the highest cumulative grade point average after four years.