WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates women's track and field team scored 22.5 more points and set a team relay record on Saturday, the final day of the New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Colby, to finish the meet in 13th place among 27 scoring teams.
Bates' 4x800 relay team finished second only to Amherst among 15 teams, recording the second-fastest time in team history at 9:13.07 on legs run by first-year Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.), sophomore Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), junior Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) and senior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.).
Earlier in the day, Nixon finished second in the 1,500-meter run, outkicking Amherst's Keri Lambert by .42 seconds in a time of 4:33.46. MIT's Brooke Johnson won in 4:33.05, as the top three runners all broke the 1992 facility record. Nixon's time vaulted her from fifth place into second on Bates' all-time performance list in the event, trailing only Kelley Puglisi (4:31.91).
Bates broke the team record in the 4x100 relay, one week after tying the former mark, finishing in sixth place with a time of 48.88 seconds. Sophomore Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), junior Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), senior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) and first-year Alexis Dickinson (Brunswick, Maine) edged Rhode Island College by .02 seconds for sixth place. The former school record of 49.31 was originally set last year by Erin Augulewicz ’13, Hartt, Flanagan and Lizzie Carleton ’12.
Other point-scoring performances for the Bobcats on Saturday included:
- Sophomore Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) tied for sixth place in the high jump, at 5-2.25.
- Senior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) placed eighth in the 5,000 meters, in 18:11.97.
In her best race since the cross country season, first-year Hannah Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) completed the 10,000-meter run in 37:25.55, sixth-fastest among a field of 26 women. Junior Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) finished in ninth, at 38:05.66, and senior Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) placed 14th (39:20.60) in a strong showing in the event for the Bobcats.
First-year Kelly Philbrook (Auburn, Maine) finished in ninth place — like Jay, one spot out of the scoring — in the javelin throw, with a top mark of 115-11.
The Bobcats compete this Friday and Saturday at all-divisions Open New Englands, at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.