CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Bates College junior Elizabeth "Bud" Arens missed the finals of the 1,500 meters by just one spot on Thursday at the 2012 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, bringing the outdoor season to an end for the Bates women's team.
Competing in one of two preliminary heats for the event at Burns Stadium, Arens finished in a time of 4:41.32, just 0.56 seconds behind Jaime Orewiler of Wheaton (Ill.) for 13th place -- six slots better than her 19th seeding entering the meet. Arens' season-best time in the 1,500, 4:37.23, came at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships at MIT on May 5.
"The race went out at a really slow pace. Bud was kicking right with the other runners. She raced really well," said head coach Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn.
It was Arens' third appearance at an NCAA championship. She ran the 800 meters at the 2011 outdoor championships, and then helped Bates finish seventh in the distance medley relay at Division III indoor nationals, while also qualifying for the meet in the mile and the 800.
A three-season student-athlete at Bates, Arens was also an All-NESCAC selection in women’s soccer last season as a defender.
Arens will remain at nationals and cheer on four fellow Bates juniors on the men's team today and tomorrow, with David Pless in the hammer throw Friday and shot put Saturday, David Hardison finishing the decathlon on Friday, James LePage in the prelims of the 800 meters on Friday, and Andrew Wortham in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday.
See YouTube video of Arens running the 1,500 at NCAAs, shot by Ira Waldman '73