NEW YORK -- After a big first day of the ECAC Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Bates College women's team ran a strong 4x800 relay at the meet on Saturday and tied with New York University for 28th place among 57 point-scoring teams.
Bates junior Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), sophomore Meg Ogilvie (Hopedale, Mass.), junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) and first-year Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.) ran the 4x800 relay in 9:46.00, one of the team's top-10 all-time performances in the event.
Bates broke two team relay records on Friday, helping the Bobcats to tie for fifth place among 30 point-scoring teams on the first day of the meet at New Balance Armory.
With sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) running the leadoff 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) in the 400, first-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) in the 800 and junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) in the 1,600, Bates finished the race in 11:49.57, 0.42 seconds behind titlist Rowan. The same foursome had run the DMR earlier this season in 11:56.92 to snip 6.37 seconds off the previous school mark set in 2007, so they have now lopped a total of 13.72 seconds off of the 2007 standard.
Bates also broke the team 4x200 relay record for the second time this season. Finishing 10th overall in 1:46.71 were first-year Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), sophomore Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), junior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) and senior Lizzy Carleton (Westborough, Mass.). Two weeks ago at the New England Division III Championships, the 28-year-old Bates record was broken by Snellings, Tobin, Hartt and Carleton.
Junior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) placed sixth in the 5,000 meters, at 17:47.33.
Bates will compete in the distance medley relay as the fifth-seeded squad at next week's NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, to be held at Grinnell College in Iowa. Arens has also likely qualified to run the mile at nationals, being ranked ninth in the country in the event.