Women’s track team places second at USM invitational
GORHAM, Maine — The Bates College women’s track and field team claimed second place out of eight competing schools at Saturday’s USM Coed Invitational Indoor Meet. With 148 points, the Bobcats were beaten by the host Huskies (217.50) and defeated UMass-Dartmouth (87), Smith (69), Rhode Island College (29.5), Emmanuel (19), CCRI (12) and Emerson (12).
Bates won first place in six events:
Junior Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) topped the field in the weight throw at 43-3.5.
First-year Jenna Ligor (Denmark, Maine) won the 400-meter dash in 1:04.23, beating out teammates Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) and Rebecca Westlake (Goldens Bridge, N.Y.), also in the top three, by .12 and 1.24 seconds, respectively.
Senior Jennifer Caban (Bedford, Mass.) won the 800 in 2:21.62, 1.31 seconds ahead of USM’s Christa Hutchinson, putting her at No. 7 on Bates’ all-time list in the event.
Sophomore Allie Goldstein (Needham, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter run in 11:14.49, 11.03 seconds ahead of USM’s Gabrielle Cyr.
First-year Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) finished first in the 1-mile run at 5:17.93, nearly 18 seconds ahead of USM’s Cyr, putting her at No. 10 on Bates’ all-time list.
Bates’ quartet of Bash, Rosania, Caban and Ligor also claimed first in the 4×400 relay, with a time of 4:17.78.
Bates senior Julie Shelkey (Conway, Mass.) pole vaulted at 10 feet, 3 inches, qualifying her to compete in the ECAC and New England Division III Championships.
The Bates women compete at the State of Maine Championships on Friday at Bowdoin.