LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Elizabeth "Bud" Arens will compete in her third consecutive NCAA Track & Field Championship meet this week, representing the Bobcats in the 800 meters at the 2013 indoor nationals, to be held March 8-9 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) is the ninth seed among 13 women in the 800, based on her team-record time of 2:12.37 two weeks ago at Open New Englands, adjusted to 2:13.90 for rankings purposes due to Boston University's banked track.
Arens will be the Bates women's track and field team's lone representative at NCAAs this year. The Bobcats made a strong bid to qualify in the distance medley relay for a second straight year, running the second-fastest time in team history last weekend at the Tufts Last Chance Meet, at 11:56.03; the time, however, was 11th-best in Division III this season, one spot removed from the field of NCAA invitees.
Arens competed in the distance medley relay team at the 2012 indoor nationals, helping Bates finish eighth to earn All-America honors. She also qualified for that meet in both the 800 and the mile. She followed with another trip to nationals at the end of the 2012 outdoor season, placing 13th in the 1,500 meters.
Arens will be joined by eight members of the Bates men's team, a program-record number -- senior David Pless and sophomore Sean Enos compete in the shot put and weight throw, senior James LePage will run the 800, junior Tully Hannan will run the mile, and the Bobcat quartet of senior Nick Barron, junior Ben Levy, junior Mark McCauley and junior Noah Graboys.
A three-season standout student-athlete at Bates, Arens was a captain on the women's soccer team last fall and earned All-NESCAC honors in 2011 as a defender.