Katherine Cook runs seventh-fastest 5K in Division III history

Katherine Cook shattered Bates' indoor 5,000-meter record on Jan. 26, 2018 at Boston University. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

BOSTON -- Senior Katherine Cook shattered Bates' indoor record in the 5,000-meter run with the seventh-fastest time in Division III history, highlighting a day of career-best performances by members of the Bates women's track and field team Friday at the BU John Thomas Terrier Classic.

Cook finished the 5,000-meter run in 16:39.07, winning her section and shaving 40.17 seconds off of the former team record time of 17:19.24, set by Abigail Anthony in 2001.

With the meet being open to all college and post-collegiate amateurs, 2017 Bates grad and five-time All-American Jessica Wilson ran a time of 16:19.45 in a different section from Cook's -- Wilson's time was second only to Syracuse's Shannon Malone (16:13.07).

Other Bates highlights from the Terrier Classic included:

  • Junior Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) won her heat of the 800-meter run and finished in a career-best 2:13.33, moving up from fifth place to second on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Eickhoff moved into second place in Division III national rankings in the event.
  • Sophomore Paige Rabb (Stamford, Conn.) won her heat of the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:18.04, leaping onto Bates' all-time top performance list into the No. 2 position.
  • First-year Imani Boggan (Lafayette, Calif.) ran the 400-meter dash in 1:00.35, moving into 10th place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • Senior Sally Ceesay (Bronx, N.Y.) triple-jumped a season-best distance of 38-8.75, and moved into second place in Division III national rankings in the event. She also ran a 60-meter dash trial time of 8.23 seconds.
  • Junior Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.) led a trio of Bates runners in the mile with a time of 5:14.60. First-year Sojung Kim (Thornhill, Ontario), this week's ECAC Division III North Rookie of the Week, finished in 5:15.98 and first-year Vanessa Paolella (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) finished the race in 5:20.65.

Other Bates team members will compete at the USM Invitational on Saturday at 2pm in Gorham, Maine.