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Women's track goes the (middle) distance for 7th at New Englands

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The Bates women's track and field team broke one team record and scored big points in the middle-distance races en route to finishing seventh out of 22 point-scoring teams Saturday at the Division III New England Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Despite "losing" 24 of the 30 points that the team scored in last year's meet (en route to finishing 11th), the Bobcats scored 42 points at the meet on Saturday, ahead of eighth-place Southern Maine (36). Amherst (35) and Springfield (31.33) rounded out the top 10. Williams won the meet by a point over MIT, 143-142.

Bates broke the team record in the 4x200 relay that had stood since 1984, when Andrea Kincannon, Camille McKayle, Jennifer Pratt and Meredith Martin finished the relay in 1:46.99. Replacing them in the record book is the Bates quartet of first-year Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.), sophomore Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.) and senior Lizzie Carleton (Westborough, Mass.), who finished seventh overall in 1:46.72.

Other standout performances for the Bobcats included:

  • First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) came in second place in the 600-meter run. trailing only meet-record breaker Jamie Simmons of MIT (1:34.93). At 1:36.51, Fusco was one of seven runners to break the facility record.
  • Junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) finished second in the 800 meters in 2:16.04, trailing only Margo Cramer of Middlebury and beating out third-place Cindy Huang of MIT by 1.29 seconds.
  • Sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) took third place in a tightly contested 1,000-meter run, finishing in 2:59.50, ahead of Bowdoin's Chantal Croteau (2:59.61) and close behind Williams' Brianne Mirecki (2:59.33). Middlebury's Juliet Ryan-Davis won in 2:58.29.
  • Bates also finished second in the 4x800 relay, breaking the facility record with a time of 9:32.36, recorded by Nixon, junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.), Fusco and Arens for eight team points.
  • First-year Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) had a breakout performance in the high jump, taking third place with a top height of 5-2.25.
  • Junior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) finished seventh in the 5,000 meters at 17:57:43 to score a pair of points for the Bobcats.
  • Tobin made the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.36 seconds, then finished seventh in the event at 9.49 in the finals.

Bates competes next Friday at the all-divisions Open New Englands at Boston University.