Bobcats of the Week
May 13, 2013
Bobcat of the Week of May 13, 2013: Kallie Nixon ’14
Junior Kallie Nixon set a personal record and raised her national stature in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday the all-divisions Open New Englands on Saturday at Stonehill College.
Despite falling a mile into the race, Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) crossed the finish line .27 seconds ahead of Boston College’s Danielle Winslow to place sixth overall, in a time of 10:56.13, more than nine seconds under her previous career-best time of 11:05.23, which she ran at MIT in April.
Nixon’s performance moved her from 18th up to 12th in the Division III national rankings in the steeplechase. She is also currently ranked 18th in the 1,500-meter run, with a season-best time of 4:33.46. She is second on Bates’ all-time performance list in the steeplechase, trailing only the 10:33.20 run by three-time All-American Kathryn Moore ’07.
Nixon and teammates will compete at the ECAC Division III Championships this Thursday and Friday at Springfield College, the final meet before the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships May 23-25.
Bobcat of the Week of May 13, 2013: James LePage ’13
Bates senior two-time All-American James LePage was at the center of two remarkable races run by the Bobcats on Saturday at the all-divisions Open New Englands at Stonehill College.
With the two-time All-American LePage (Cumberland, Maine) running the fourth and fastest leg, Bates shattered by more than 10 seconds the team 4×800 relay record it had broken just a week beforehand, and trimmed 7.05 seconds off of the meet record as well.
Senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.), sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and LePage finished the 4×800 in a scorching 7:30.45, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Stonehill. The former meet record of 7:37.50 was set by Boston College in 2005. Bates’ former team record of 7:41.10, was set by the same four Bobcats at the New England Division III Championships one week earlier.
LePage and McCauley also moved into second and third place, respectively, on Bates’ all-time performance list in the 800 meters, as LePage finished fourth overall in a personal-record 1:50.63 and McCauley was fifth in a personal-record 1:50.90. Barron also ran a career-best 1:52.99, good for 12th place. Only Bill Tyler’s 1:50.02 time from 1980 is faster in Bates history; the previous second-place time was the 1:51.74 run by Christopher Taylor in 1977.
LePage and teammates will compete at the ECAC Division III Championships this Thursday and Friday at Springfield College, the final meet before the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships May 23-25.