LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's track and field team won the 4x800 relay en route to finishing sixth for the second straight year at the 2012 NESCAC Women's Track & Field Championships on Saturday, hosted by the Bobcats at Russell Street Track.
Bates finished off the meet with its lone event win, putting on a dominating performance in the 4x800. First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) led off for the Bobcats and handed off to sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) just shy of a tie for first place. Nixon moved into the front early in her leg, and Nixon put some space between herself and the competition before handing the baton to junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.). Reedich maintained Bates' lead over second-place Williams throughout her two laps around the track, and junior anchor Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) extended the lead in her leg, crossing the finish line in 9:24.86, 5.48 seconds ahead of the Ephs, with Middlebury a distant third at 9:37.11.
In another meet highlight, senior captain Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) broke the team record in the long jump at 17-7, passing the former team mark of 17-4 set by Jen Marino '09 in 2009 and finishing fourth. Piers also finished eighth in the triple jump at 35-2 1/2 to pick up another team point.
The Williams women's team won their 12th NESCAC title in a row and 20th overall, scoring 180 points, 21 ahead of runner-up Tufts (159). Middlebury was right behind Tufts with 157, followed by the conference's three Maine schools: Bowdoin fourth with 99.5, Colby fifth with 58 and host Bates a half-point behind the Mules with 57.5. Amherst was seventh with 52, followed by Wesleyan (43), Connecticut College (10), Hamilton (3) and Trinity (0).
Other point-scoring performances for the Bobcats included:
- Fusco took third place in the 400, at 58.74 seconds, to claim her first All-NESCAC honor (all-conference distinction goes to the top three performers in each event).
- First-year Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) tied for third place with Bowdoin's Hayleigh Kein in the high jump, at 5-0 1/2, while junior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) finished fifth with the same top height.
- Arens placed fourth in the 800 (2:17.95);
- Junior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) took fourth place in the 10,000, at 38:38.73.
- Senior Juliana Kirkland (Greene, Maine) finished sixth in the hammer throw, at 138-1.
- Sophomore Holli Kenison (Orono, Maine) finished sixth in the javelin throw (97-8).
- Senior captain Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) ran a 15.86 in the prelims of the 100 hurdles, then settled for seventh place in the final at 16.55.
- Nixon finished seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase, in 11:39.50.
- Bates was fifth in the 4x100 relay, with Flanagan, sophomore Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), junior Erin Augulewicz (Eliot, Maine) and senior Lizzie Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) timing in at 50.44 seconds.
- Bates was seventh in the 4x400 relay, with Carleton, Flanagan, sophomore Abby Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) and first-year Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.) finishing in 4:07.35.
Bates next competes at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships next weekend at MIT.