LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's track and field team hosted eight teams at the Bates Invitational, finishing second in team scoring only to Division I Maine while posting five event wins.
Maine scored 241.5 points, followed by Bates (177.50), Colby (148), Southern Maine (113), Lasell (21), St. Joseph's (18), Bowdoin (8) and Gordon (8). Bowdoin's participation was limited to the heptathlon.
First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) won the 600 meters in 1:38.61, vaulting to third on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Meanwhile, sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) won the 3,000 meters in 10:37.33, and junior Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) was the top collegiate runner in the 1,000 meters, timing in at 3:13.28.
Other winning or top-three performances for the Bobcats included:
- Junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) was the second collegiate finisher in the mile, with a time of 5:06.74, just .08 behind Maine's Jennifer Lucy.
- Junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) took second place in the 800 meters, in 2:23.48.
- Junior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) came in second in the 5,000 meters, in 18:11.66.
- Senior captain Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) finished second in the triple jump, at 34-5.75.
- Bates took first place in the 4x200 relay by a 0.53-second margin in 1:51.55, with first-year Olivia Brown (Rye Beach, N.H.), junior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), senior captain Lizzie Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) and sophomore Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.) running the legs.
- The Bobcats also won the 4x400 relay, with Arens, Fusco, first-year Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.) and senior captain Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) finishing in 4:10.09.
Bates competes at the USM Invitational next Saturday.