Women’s track finishes 10th at ECAC Championships
Jennifer Caban ’07
Vantiel Duncan ’10
Izzy Alexander ’09
ONEONTA, N.Y. — A number of outstanding performances led the Bates College women to 10th place out of 43 scoring teams Friday on the final day of the ECAC Division III Track and Field Championships. With 28 points, Bates was second among New England schools at the meet, which was hosted by SUNY Oneonta.
Sophomore Izzy Alexander broke her own Bates record in the 400-meter hurdles by .80 seconds, in 1:03.14, scoring four points for Bates. Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) finished fifth and met the provisional qualifying time to compete at next week’s NCAA Division III Championships.
Senior Jennifer Caban (Bedford, Mass.) finished second in the 800 meters at 2:14.64, a mere .05 seconds behind RIT senior Danielle Simmons for first place. Caban met the provisional time to qualify for nationals for the second time this season.
Also scoring eight points for Bates, first-year Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) placed second in the shot put at 39-11.25, a personal record for her.
Junior Molly Balentine (Hampden, Maine) scored three points for Bates by finishing sixth in the 5,000 meters at 18:44.08. Senior Emily Williams (Harvard, Mass.) was 12th in 19:05.85.
Bates notched another three points with a sixth-place finish in the 4×400 relay. First-year Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine), junior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.), sophomore Tara Higgins (Jeffersonville, Vt.) and Alexander completed the relay in 4:04.44, the second best time in Bates history.
Also competing for Bates on Friday, sophomore Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) finished 11th in the triple jump at 34-02.75, while Hartung finished 23rd in the 400 meters at 1:01.08.
On Thursday, Bates got its first two points of the meet as senior Laura Golitko (Hopkinton, Mass.) scaled 10 feet and 4 inches in the pole vault, finishing seventh. Senior Julie Shelkey (Conway, Mass.) also cleared 10-4 in the pole vault and took ninth place.
Also on Thursday, Alexander placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.35 seconds.