Women’s distance medley relay team set to compete at NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS — The Bates women’s track and field team will compete in the distance medley relay this weekend at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. The field for the meet was officially announced Monday by the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee.
Bates’ quartet, ranked fifth in Division III in the event heading into NCAAs, has all four classes represented: sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) runs the leadoff 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) in the 400, first-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) in the 800 and junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) in the 1,600. Bates finished the race in 11:49.57 on Saturday at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships in New York. The same foursome had run the DMR earlier this season in 11:56.92 to snip 6.37 seconds off the previous Bates set in 2007, so they have now lopped a total of 13.72 seconds off of the 2007 standard. (The 2007 Bates squad finished eighth in the DMR at NCAAs.)
The championships will be held March 9-10 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
Arens also qualified for NCAAs in the mile, in which she is ranked ninth in the country with an adjusted best time of 4:56.49. She is also ranked 19th in Division III in the 800.
Bates’ DMR will be joined by its men’s team counterparts in the DMR, as well as junior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), who will compete in the shot put and the weight throw. This will be Pless’s first time competing at NCAAs in the weight; last year he made his first trip and won the NCAA indoor shot put title. The men’s DMR squad is comprised of junior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.), sophomore Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.), junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) and sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.).