EASTON, Mass. -- Junior Kallie Nixon set a personal record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Bates placed seventh in the 4x800 relay to highlight the final day of the all-divisions Open New Englands on Saturday at Stonehill College.
Despite falling a mile into the race, Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) placed sixth in a time of 10:56.13, more than nine seconds under her previous career best of 11:05.23, run at MIT in April. Nixon entered the weekend ranked 18th in Division III in the event.
Bates' 4x800 relay team of first-year Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.), sophomore Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), senior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) and senior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) finished in 9:16.59, .18 seconds behind UMass-Lowell and over two seconds ahead of Tufts (9:18.67) as the top Division III squad in the race.
Those two performances combined for five team points, putting Bates in 32nd place among 35 scoring teams at the meet, tied for 16th among Division III teams.
Other Bates performances on Saturday included:
- Sophomore Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) placed ninth in the high jump, third among Division III athletes, at 5 feet, 3 inches.
- Arens finished 12th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:37.25, seventh-fastest among Division III runners.
- First-year Mary Krathwohl (Ipswich, Mass.) took 17th place in the triple jump, fifth in Division III, at 34-9.
- Bates' quartet of junior Abby Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), first-year Melanie Ehrenberg (Rumson, N.J.), sophomore Amelia Oliver (Potomac, Md.) and senior captain Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) placed 17th overall, seventh among Division III teams in the 4x400 relay, in a time of 3:59.93.
- Bates placed 19th in the 4x100 relay, with sophomore Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), junior Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), Flanagan and Ehrenberg finished the race in 49.47 seconds, eighth among Division III teams.
The Bates women’s track and field team posted solid times but didn’t score any points in four events on Friday at the all-divisions Open New Englands at Stonehill College. The majority of the meet takes place Saturday.
Junior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) notched the team’s highest finish of the day, placing 21st in the 10,000-meter run, in 41:48.88, fourth among Division III athletes.
Fusco placed 24th in the 400 meters, in 58.56 seconds, seventh among Division III runners.
Flanagan placed 24th in the 200-meter dash, in 26.53 seconds, sixth among Division III runners.
First-year Elena Schroeder (Clinton, Conn.) came in 31st in the 400-meter hurdles, 11th in Division III, in 1:09.24.