|Dana Lindauer '11 ran the second-fastest indoor 400 in Bates team history on Friday, and likely stamped her ticket to nationals. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)|
BOSTON -- The Bates women's track and field team ran the second fastest indoor 4x400 relay in team history on Saturday at Open New Englands at Boston University, highlighting the second day of the all-divisions meet.
Sophomore Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), first-year Jenny Fucillo (Winthrop, Mass.), sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) and senior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) ran the individual legs in a time of 4:00.07. The only faster 4x400 in team history was the 3:57.19 run in 2008 by Izzy Alexander '09, Lindauer, Molly Radis '10 and Jen Marino '09.
Also on Saturday, Lindauer finished seventh in the finals of the 400-meter dash. The only Division III runner in Saturday's final, Lindauer finished the race in 57.48 seconds. In Friday's preliminary heats she ran a career-best time of 57.01 seconds, the second-fastest indoor 400 in team history.
Lindauer's two points combined with fellow senior captain Sara Ellen Godek's (Gilford, N.H.) one point for finishing eighth in the weight throw on Friday, putting Bates in a tie with the University of Hartford for 31st place out of 34 scoring teams from all divisions.
Godek placed 14th in the shot put at 39-10.00 on Saturday. Other Bates competitors included sophomore Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.), who was 21st in the 3,000 meters at 10:48.48. The Bobcat 4x800 relay team of sophomore Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.), senior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.), sophomore Nora Hanagan (Singapore) and first-year Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) ran a 9:37.96 for 15th place.
Lindauer's provisional qualification for making her first trip to the NCAA Championships improved dramatically: entering the weekend she ranked 26th in Division III in the event at 58.63, but she now ranks ninth on the list. Bates' team indoor record in the 400 is 56.7 seconds, set by Renata Cosby in 1980.
On Friday, Godek placed eighth in the weight throw at 53-03.50, tops among all Division III competitors.
Bates took 13th place in the distance medley relay in 12:37.81, led off by Reedich in the 1,200-meter leg, followed by Flanagan in the 400, Arens in the 800 and Nixon in the 1,600.
Next up for Bates is the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships, to be held at New York Armory on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5.
The meet resumes on Saturday at BU. Through six events scored thus far, Bates is tied with Providence for 24th.