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Women's track takes second at state championship

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates women's track and field team finished second at the Maine State Indoor Championships for the second straight year on Friday night at Bowdoin, winning four events along the way.

The Bobcats pulled closer to front-runner Bowdoin (203.6 to 185.6) than they finished last year (2012 margin: 189-143) while holding off Colby by 1.80 points for second place among six teams.

Senior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) claimed first place in both the 800 meters and the mile for 20 of Bates' points. Arens finished the 800 in 2:19.12, 3.16 seconds ahead of runner-up Laura Duff of Colby. Arens outkicked Bowdoin's Gina Stalica in the mile, finishing in 5:07.05, 1.76 ahead of Stalica.

Senior captain Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) won the high jump with a top effort of 5 feet, 1 3/4 inches, and was also third in the 400-meter dash, in 1:01.56.

Bates also captured first place in the 4x200 relay, with Dickinson, sophomore Quincy Snellings (Lexington, Mass.), junior Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.) and Flanagan finishing in 1:46.94.

Other top-three performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Sophomore Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) finished second to Flanagan in the high jump with the same top height of 5-1.75. Gail was also third in the weight throw (45-11.25) and fifth in the shot put (34-5.5).
  • First-year Alexis Dickinson (Brunswick, Maine) reached the finals of the 60-meter dash in 8.20 seconds, then finished second overall at the finals in 8.09, breaking her own young Bates team record (the 60 replaced the 55 last year). Dickinson was also fourth in the 200 (26.87).
  • Senior captain Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) placed second in the 5,000 meters, at 18:28.24.
  • Sophomore Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) was second in the 600 meters, in 1:36.53, nipped by .02 seconds for first place by Southern Maine's Peyton Dostie.
  • First-year Melanie Ehrenberg (Rumson, N.J.) placed third in the pole vault, at 10-6.
  • First-year Mary Krathwohl (Ipswich, Mass.) came in third in the triple jump, at 34-11.
  • First-year Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) placed third in the 800, at 2:23.09.

Bates competes at the Valentine Invitational next Friday at Boston University.