Eickhoff, Ceesay win New England indoor titles as Bates ties for sixth place

Ayden Eickhoff won the 800-meter run at the New England Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 17, 2018. (File photo by d3photography.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Junior Ayden Eickhoff won the 800 meters and senior Sally Ceesay won the triple jump as the Bates women's track and field team tied for sixth place out of 30 scoring teams Saturday at the New England Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The No. 13 nationally ranked Bobcats finished the meet with 39 points, tied with Coast Guard for sixth best out of 30 teams that scored points for top-eight event performances. The Bobcats tied for third place a year ago at the same meet.

Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) won her first New England Division III title in the 800-meter run, finishing the race in 2:15.14, 1.61 seconds ahead of runner-up Meg Wilson of Middlebury.

Ceesay (Bronx, N.Y.) became the New England Division III triple jump champion for the first time, with a season-best top mark of 39-3.25, more than 22 inches beyond runner-up Jasmine Jin of MIT.

Other point-scoring, All-New England performances by Bates included:

  • Senior Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) took third place in the 3,000 meters with a career-best time of 9:49.98 -- 4.29 seconds behind winner Kaitlyn Mooney of Coast Guard and 24.42 seconds ahead of fourth place. Cook improved her standing in fourth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • First-year Molly McCoole (New Bedford, N.H.) high-jumped a season-best 5-5 to place fourth in the event.
  • Bates took fifth place in the 4x200 relay, with junior Sarah Shoulta (Waterville, Maine), first-year Jenny Martin (Lewiston, Maine), sophomore Megan Seymour (West Hartford, Conn.) and sophomore Anna Beaudet (Auburn, Maine) finishing in 1:47.44, eighth-fastest in program history.
  • Sophomore Paige Rabb (Stamford, Conn.) placed seventh in the 600 meters (1:39.46), rising to sixth place on the team's all-time performance list.
  • Bates took seventh place in the 4x400 relay, with first-year Imani Boggan (Lafayette, Calif.), first-year So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario), Eickhoff and Rabb notching a 4:04.60 time, earning two team points. Rabb and Eickhoff were involved one year ago when Bates established the meet record time of 3:57.40.

Bates will compete in the Maine State Open at the University of Southern Maine next Saturday, Feb. 24 at noon.