CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates women's track and field team broke the 20-year-old team record in the 4x800 relay and finished second, leading the Bobcats to a second straight ninth-place finish out of 29 point-scoring teams at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships at MIT.
First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.), junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) and junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) -- the same quartet that won the NESCAC title in the 4x800 last week at Bates -- finished the race in 9:11.00. The former record of 9:20.5 was set in 1992 by Sarah Dominick, Andrea Elder, Vita Taormina and Sarah White. Williams won the race in 9:09.51, while MIT was third in 9:14.90.
There were several other outstanding career-best performances by the Bobcats, including eight other All-New England (top eight) finishes:
- Junior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) finished fourth in the 5,000 meters, at 17:33.64, while first-year Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) came in seventh at 18:04.03. Cullen moved from ninth place into second on Bates' all-time list in the event, just 0.15 seconds behind the team record of 17:33.49 held by Kathryn Moore '06 from 2006.
- Fusco finished fourth in the 800 meters at 2:14.19, moving into third place on Bates' all-time list in the event.
- Senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) took fifth place in the 400-meter hurdles, in a career-best time of 1:03.36, moving into second place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
- Arens also placed fifth in the 1,500 meters, at a career-best 4:37.23, improving her standing as Bates' second-best all-time in the event. Nixon finished 11th in the 1,500 at 4:43.89.
- On Friday, sophomore Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) had a breakthrough performance in the 10,000 meters, picking off several competitors in the final laps and finishing sixth overall in 38:18.20, earning All-New England honors (top eight at the meet) and vaulting into fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. It's the best time by a Bates runner in the 10K since Abigail Anthony's team record of 36:21.81 set in 2001.
- Bates finished sixth in the 4x400 relay, in 4:04.51. Senior Lizzy Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) led off, followed by first-year Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), sophomore Abby Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) and junior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.).
- Senior Juliana Kirkland (Greene, Maine) placed eighth in the hammer throw, at 146-2.
- Bates was ninth in the 4x100 relay, in 50.21 seconds, on legs run by Flanagan, sophomore Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), junior Erin Augulewicz (Eliot, Maine) and Carleton.
- First-year Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) tied for 10th place in the high jump, at 5-0.25.
- Sophomore Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.) was 11th in the 3,000 steeplechase, at 11:47.56.
- Junior Kate DeAngelis (Lewiston, Maine) was 11th in the heptathlon, with 3,396 points. Sophomore Holli Kenison (Orono, Maine) was 13th with 3,161.
- Senior Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) placed 12th in both the triple jump (33-4.5) and the long jump (16-5.75).
Bates competes next weekend at Open New Englands, also at MIT.