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Women's track excels in 800, 1,000 at BU Terrier Classic

BOSTON -- A pair of outstanding performances in the 800- and 1,000-meter races highlighted the Bates women's track and field team's foray at the all-divisions Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday.

Junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) became the Bobcats' second-fastest 800-meter runner ever, registering a time of 2:14.37, trailing only five-time All-America Izzy Alexander '09 (2:13.74) on Bates' all-time indoor performance list. Arens was the top Division III runner, and 14th overall in a field of 82 athletes from Divisions I and II as well as non-collegiate clubs. First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) also ran an excellent 800, finishing 21st overall and third among Division III runners in 2:17.12.

Sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.), meanwhile, became the second Bates runner ever to run a sub-3:00  1,000 meters, finishing seventh overall out of 50 runners in a time of 2:59.76, moving ahead of Alexander and behind only two-time All-America Kelley Puglisi '03 (2:57.68) on the list. Junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) also ran a strong 1,000, finishing 22nd in 3:08.76.

Arens, Fusco, Nixon and Reedich ran a 4:12.43 time in the 4x400 relay, third out of five in their heat and ahead of Amherst and Bentley.

Other members of the Bates women's team will compete at the USM Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

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