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Women's track sets two team records at Open New Englands

Bud Arens '13 broke Izzy Alexander's team record in the 800 meters at Open New Englands. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Team records in the 800 meters and the 4x100 relay were broken by the Bates women's track and field team on Saturday at the all-divisions Open New Englands at MIT.

Junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) ran a time of 2:13.29 in the 800, slicing 0.13 seconds off of the former team record held by five-time All-American Izzy Alexander. It was Arens' best career time by 0.26 seconds. Arens finished seventh overall in the race, second among Division III athletes, while first-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) also ran a strong race, finishing 14th in 2:15.83, third in Division III.

Bates' quartet of junior Erin Augulewicz (Eliot, Maine), sophomore Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), junior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) and senior Lizzy Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) ran the 4x100 relay in 49.23 seconds, cutting 0.27 seconds off of the former record of 49.50 established by Kristen Poulin, Augulewicz, Flanagan and Carleton in 2010.

Bates scored four points in the meet to place 31st among 35 scoring teams, two by Arens. The Bobcats' other two points came from senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.), who placed seventh in Saturday's final of the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 1:02.89 -- incredibly, tying her personal-record mark from the day before in the preliminary heats.

The Bobcats ran a season-best time of 4:02.86 in the 4x400 relay, on the legs of Carleton, Flanagan, first-year Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.) and Tobin. The time was third-best among Division III teams.

Also on Saturday, sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) ran a 4:46.90 in the 1,500 meters, 19th out of 31 overall and fifth in Division III. And Fusco, junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.), Nixon and Arens ran a time of 9:30.95 in the 4x800 relay, good for 11th place and third in Division III.

In Friday's action, Tobin ran a time of 1:02.89 in the 400 hurdles, fourth in her heat but the seventh-fastest time among all athletes, putting her in the finals. Tobin's time improved her national standing among Division III athletes, as well as her position as Bates' second-best 400 hurdler of all time. She ran her former personal best of 1:03.36 at last weekend's New England Division III Championships, ranking her 26th in the country.

Also on Friday, senior Jenny Monsulick (Readfield, Maine) was seventh in her heat with a personal best time of 18:39.93 in the 5,000 meters, while senior Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) jumped 15-7 in the long jump.

Bates competes next weekend at the ECAC Division III Championships, to be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., May 17-18.