Bates’ Alexander wins women’s pentathlon at New Englands
Izzy Alexander ’09
GORHAM, Maine — Bates sophomore Izzy Alexander won the pentathlon to highlight the Bobcats’ women’s track and field team’s day at the New England Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the University of Southern Maine.
Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) scored 2,966 points, outpacing Jennifer Munyon of UMass-Dartmouth by 49 points. Alexander’s performance is the fifth best in Bates history. First-year Lily Gordon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) finished eighth in the event, earning a team point.
With 21 points as a team, Bates finished 13th out of 21 scoring teams at the meet.
Other highlights for Bates included junior Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) posting a personal-best 20-pound weight throw of 48 feet, 6 inches, good for fifth place. Kirkland’s throw nearly met the provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships and put her in fourth place on Bates’ all-time performance list.
Senior Julie Shelkey (Conway, Mass.) cleared 10 feet in the pole vault, for eighth place.
Bates’ distance medley relay team was absent two of its school record-breaking performers from a week ago, Alexander and senior Kathryn Moore (illness). But the quartet of first-year Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), first-year Jenna Ligor (Denmark, Maine), junior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) and senior Jen Caban (Bedford, Mass.) still placed fourth with a time of 12:32.60.
Bates competes at the all-division Open New Englands next weekend at Boston University.