SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Senior Bud Arens' last race as a Bobcat was a great one. In the final event of the 2013 ECAC Division III Track & Field Championship, Arens and three teammates ran a meet- and team-record time of 9:10.28 in the 4x800-meter relay.
Arens' run of three straight NCAA Championship appearances is ending, but this was a very good way for the senior to go out. Bates passed the baton from first-year Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) to sophomore Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) to Arens to junior Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.), who crossed the finish line .08 seconds ahead of runner-up Rowan. The Bobcats' time breaks the former team record of 9:11.00, set by Fusco, Nixon, Lisa Reedich '13 and Arens as they won the NESCAC title in 2012. Bates reset the ECAC championship record as well.
Bates' win vaulted the Bobcats into a tie with Moravian for 15th place among 57 scoring teams at the two-day meet, held at Springfield College.
Other Friday ECAC highlights for Bates:
- Senior Kathryn DeAngelis (Lewiston, Maine) placed 12th in the heptathlon, setting a personal best by 150 points, with 3,591, rising to third place on Bates' all-time performance list.
- Fusco ran the ninth-fastest 800-meter time in a field of 37 runners, at 2:17.07, one place out of the scoring.
- Bates' 4x100 relay team of sophomore Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), junior Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), senior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) and first-year Alexis Dickinson (Brunswick, Maine) finished 12th among 28 teams in 49.70. The foursome set a Bates record two weeks ago with a 48.88-second performance.
- Sophomore Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine), the NESCAC high jump champion, tied for 16th in the event at 5-0.5.
Bates' outdoor season is down to its final meet, the NCAA Division III Championships, to be held at Wisconsin-La Crosse May 23-25. Bates expects to represented there by Nixon, in either the 3,000-meter steeplechase or the 1,500 meters. It will be Nixon's first solo race in an NCAA Championship, having previously helped Bates place eighth at the 2012 indoor nationals in the distance medley relay.
First-year Hannah Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) placed third in the 10,000-meter run Friday night, in the final event of the first day of ECACs.
In other first-day highlights for the Bobcats, Hartt came within one hundredth of a second of tying Bates’ team record in the 100-meter dash, and junior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) scored a team point in the 5,000 meter-run.
Zeltner finished the 10K in 37:22.53, 10 seconds behind the first two finishers but 24 seconds ahead of fourth place. Senior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) finished 12th in 38:34.01.
Hartt moved up from third to second place on Bates’ all-time performance list in the 100, just .01 behind Anne Millham’s record 12.50 from 1988. Hartt missed the final but tied for 23rd place out of 42 runners in the event.
Carey-Hatch finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run, in 18:05.58, putting her in eighth place on Bates’ all-time performance list in the event. Sophomore Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) finished 15th in 18:30.31, and senior Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) took 18th place in 18:38.22.
Also on Friday, Bates took 15th place on the 4×400 relay, with junior Abby Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), first-year Melanie Ehrenberg (Rumson, N.J.), sophomore Amelia Oliver (Potomac, Md.) and senior Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) finished the race in 4:03.91.