Arens, 4×800 relay score for women’s track at Open N.E.’s
BOSTON — The Bates women’s track and field team took two seventh-place finishes Saturday at the all-divisions Open New England Indoor Championships at Boston University, tying for 29th place among 36 point-scoring teams.
A day after she set Bates’ indoor 800 record in her preliminary heat with a time of 2:12.37, Bates senior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) competed in the finals. Arens fell during the race but managed to finish seventh in 2:19.94, ensuring All-New England honors and scoring two team points for the Bobcats.
Bates scored two more points on Saturday in the 4×800 relay, placing seventh out of 24 teams in 9:20.19, the second-fastest time in team history. The foursome comprising junior Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.), sophomore Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), senior Kate DeAngelis (Lewiston, Maine) and first-year Izzi Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) finished as the top Division III squad in the event, less than two seconds behind sixth-place University of New Hampshire and .31 seconds ahead of Colby.
Other Bates highlights on Saturday included:
Sophomore Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine) tied for 15th place in the high jump, at 5-3, tying for fifth-best in Division III.
Bates finished 28th in the 4×400 relay at 4:02.22, with legs run by senior captain Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), junior Angeleque Hartt (Bronx, N.Y.), sophomore Amelia Oliver (Potomac, Md.) and first-year Melanie Ehrenberg (Rumson, N.J.).
Arens broke the team record in the 800 meters on Friday at the all-divisions Open New England Indoor Championships at Boston University.
Arens finished in 2:12.37, trimming a healthy 1.37 seconds off of the former 800m mark of 2:13.74 set by four-time All-American Izzy Alexander ’09 in 2009. Her time was fifth fastest among 27 women, qualifying her for Saturday’s final in the event. Arens previously ranked second on the team’s all-time performance list at 2:14.37. Coincidentally, Bates’ men’s and women’s team records in the 800 fell on the same night, with James LePage ’13 setting the new men’s standard. Fusco placed 12th in the 800, in 2:16.22.
Other Bates highlights from Friday included the 5,000 meters, where senior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) ran a season-best 17:54.05 to finish 11th out of 28 runners, while junior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) was 15th in 18:04.28. Cullen was the second-fastest Division III runner in the race, Carey-Hatch fifth-fastest.
In the 1,000 meters, Unger placed 18th in 3:02.92, entering the team’s all-time top 10 performance list in the event.