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Women's track looks strong at MIT Quad meet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates junior Kallie Nixon became Bates' second-fastest steeplechaser in team history, and first-year Alexis Dickinson won the 100-meter dash, as the Bates women's track and field team competed at MIT on Saturday against Colby, Southern Maine, Husson and the host Engineers.

MIT won the team scoring with 239 points, while Colby (158.5) edged Bates (158) by half a point for second place.

Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:05.23, nearly eight seconds faster than runner-up Martina de Geus of MIT. Nixon's time is more than 34 seconds faster than her previous best in the event, and moves her comfortably into second place on the team's all-time performance list, behind only three-time All-American Kathryn Moore '07 (10:33.20).

Dickinson (Brunswick, Maine) won the 100 meters in 12.73 seconds, moving her into third place on Bates' all-time performance list, while sophomore Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.) was fourth in 13.28.

Other top performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Senior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) finished second in the 1,500 meters, at 4:38.92, trailing only MIT's Brooke Johnson (4:37.32).
  • Senior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) finished second in the high jump (5-0.5), as well as fourth in the 200 meters (26.50).
  • First-year Elena Schroeder (Clinton, Conn.) and senior Nora Hanagan (Singapore) finished second and third, respectively, in the 400 hurdles, at 1:07.08 and 1:08.23.
  • Sophomore Alex Millstrom (Melrose, Mass.) claimed third place in the discus throw, at 107-3.
  • Junior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) placed fourth in the 5,000 meters, at 18:16.58.
  • Junior Jenny Snyder (Scarborough, Maine) placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.09).
  • First-year Melanie Ehrenberg (Rumson, N.J.) came in fourth in the pole vault, at 10-6.

Bates will compete next weekend at Bowdoin's Aloha Relays.