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Lindauer breaks 400-meter mark as women place 10th at ECACs

Dana Lindauer '11 lowered her own Bates 400-meter record by four-tenths of a second. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Bates senior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) broke her own team record again in the 400-meter dash, improving her provisional qualification for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships and leading the Bobcats to 10th place at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships on Friday at Moravian College.

Lindauer finished second among 22 competitors in 56.74 seconds, slicing .40 seconds off of the previous team mark she set on two other occasions this year, in what may be her final collegiate meet. Lindauer is currently ranked 16th in Division III in the 400, with selections for next weekend's NCAA Championships to be announced on Sunday.

Lindauer also ran the anchor leg as Bates finished fourth in the 4x400 relay, in 3:56.08. The 4x400 squad was led off by junior Lizzie Carleton (Westborough, Mass.), followed by sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.), first-year Jenny Fucillo (Winthrop, Mass.) and Lindauer.

Senior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) finished seventh in the shot put, for two team points, at 39-5.75, a day after claiming fifth place in the hammer throw at 159-7.

Bates scored 21 team points for 10th place out of 56 point-scoring teams at the meet, held at Moravian College. Ramapo scored 23.5 points for ninth place and Plattsburgh State was 11th with 20.

Arens also finished 13th in the 1,500 meters, at 4:41.82.

Bates took 15th place in the 4x100 relay, with sophomore Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine), junior Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine), sophomore Erin Augulewicz (Eliot, Maine) and Carleton finishing in 50.24 seconds.

Sophomore Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) came in 18th in the 5,000 (18:32.58), while senior captain Kerri Leonhardt (Milford, N.J.) was 20th at 18:35.68.

In Thursday's action, Godek and sophomore Lindsay Cullen both scored team points for Bates on a storm-abbreviated first day of competition.

Godek placed fifth in the hammer throw with a top effort of 48.65 meters, scoring four points for the Bobcats.

Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) placed seventh out of 15 runners in the 10,000 meters, run concurrently with the men's 10K after the day's second delay due to thunderstorms in the area. Cullen finished in 38:30.03 for two team points.

Among several other Bates competitors on Thursday, first-year Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.) finished 17th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a time of 12:01.51.