Nugent captures first in Bates Pentathlon for women’s track and field
LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College senior Kathleen Nugent (Buxton, Maine) won the indoor track and field season-opening Bates Pentathlon Saturday at Merrill Gymnasium with 2,813 points, the fourth-highest point total in school history.
Nugent, a team co-captain, qualified for the New England Division III Championships with her performance, not only in the pentathlon but in the long jump (5.01 meters) and 55-meter hurdles (9.49 seconds) as well. Nugent’s long jump, the equivalent of 16 feet, 5 1/4 inches, was the longest indoor performance by a Bates woman since 1987.
Nugent topped Bowdoin College’s Emily Hackert, who was second with 2,783 points.
Finishing third and fourth at the meet were Bates first-years Isabel Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) and Elise Ogden (Minneapolis), who totalled 2,479 and 2,198 points, respectively. Both Alexander and Ogden also qualified to compete at the New England Division III championships along with Nugent.
The full Bates women’s team competes at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 14.