USM captures State of Maine women’s track title at Bates; Bobcats third
|Keelin Godsey ’06 set a new meet record in the weight throw, and met NCAA automatic qualifying in the shot put.|
LEWISTON, Maine — The University of Southern Maine captured its second consecutive title in the State of Maine women’s indoor track and field championship Friday night at Bates College, behind stellar performances by sophomore Pam Yomoah and junior Melissa Bellemore.
The Huskies scored 174 points to prevail in a tightly packed field. Bowdoin College scored 143 points for second place, followed by Bates with 132 points and Colby College with 127 points. By winning, the Huskies won the newly-named Carolyn A. Court Trophy, named for Bates’ former head coach who retired in 2004.
Bellemore (Manchester, N.H.) took first place in both the 55 high hurdles (8.88) and pole vault (11-9), setting a new meet record in the latter event.
Yomoah (Auburn, Maine) won both the 200 meters (27.11) and the 400 (1:02.25) for USM.
Bates senior Keelin Godsey (Parker, Colo.) also won two events at the meet, for the second straight year. Godsey exceeded last year’s record set in the 20-pound weight throw (61 feet, 2 inches), and took first place in the shot put (45-11.25), meeting the automatic qualification standard for the NCAA national championship for the first time.
Other highlights for Bates included senior Kathleen Nugent (Buxton, Maine) winning the long jump in 17-6.75, junior Kathryn Moore (Pelham, N.H.) taking first place in the mile at 5:13.40, and senior Ashley Wentworth (North Andover, Mass.) winning the 600 meters in 1:38.58.
Wentworth also anchored Bates’ winning 4×400 relay race, passing her Bowdoin counterpart down the final stretch to take first in 4:10.40. Wentworth followed senior Danielle Touhey (Franklin, Mass.), Nugent, and first-year Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.).