track sweeps Maine state titles - Women
see: Men's track takes state title
by CAIT FOWKES, COPY EDITOR
The women entered the field house at Bates with one
goal: to walk out later that evening as State Champions. Little did they
know what the night had in store for them. From doubling and even tripling
in events, to running through season ending injuries, the team successfully
pulled together to defeat Colby, Bates and the University of Southern
Maine by over thirty points. The goal was attained.
Perhaps the bravest moment on the track was seen in
the 800m run. Kate Waller '02, who has endured a foot injury for the better
part of the season, tore the ligaments in her foot during her race. "Waller's
800 was one of the most courageous races I've ever seen. Kate knew the
team needed her to finish the race even though she injured her foot seriously
after 600 meters. She ran the final 200 meters in a lot of pain, and finished
in second place. She's one of the toughest athletes I've ever coached,"
comments Coach Slovenski.
The high jump also provided an interesting outcome.
With the height of the bar at 5'5", none of the jumpers successfully cleared
the height, leaving a seven-way tie for first place; four of the seven
jumpers were Bowdoin women. After a jump-off amongst the seven, Julia
Febiger '03 emerged victorious while Ellie Doig '03, Liz Wendell'03 and
Caitlin Fowkes '03 tied for second place. This was an impressive feat
considering that the high jump competition lasted for over two hours and
the jumpers competed in other events while still in the high jump competition.
In the pole vault Marika Decyk '02 claimed first place
with a vault of 10' while Wendell and Anne Barmettler '03 claimed the
fifth and sixth scoring positions. The triple jumpers were a great contribution
to the team's victory; Casey Kelley '02, Karen Yeoman '02 and Acadia Senese
'03 placed second, third, and fourth. This performance was simultaneous
with the 4x400m relay where Yeoman and Kelley ran the first and second
leg of the race (with Brittany Blanchette '04 and Shaina Zamitis '02 running
third and fourth leg) that finished in second place, less than a second
The sprinters also claimed victories throughout the
evening. Sara Bodnar '03 won the 55m and Kristin Dummer '04 and Bodnar
placed first and second in the 200m. The 4x200m relay, run by Weeks '03,
Bodnar, Kat Martens '04 and Dummer, finished first as well. The middle
distance runners were a huge contribution to the meet. Martens placed
second in the 400m with Lynne Davies '04, and Blanchette finishing fifth
The 800m runners claimed first, second and third place
with Jane Cullina '04, Waller and Bre-Anne MacKenna's '03 strong finishes.
The 4x800m team also finished in first with a strong third leg run by
Kate Brinkerhoff '03, who out-kicked the Bates runner to take the lead.
In the 600m run Febiger, Zamitis and Brinkerhoff finished first, second
and fifth. Febiger had an outsanding evening, winning both the 600m and
the high jump.
Coach Slovenski remarks, "Julia Febiger has been the
leading scorer for our team all winter, and she competed like a champion
on Friday night. She shows a lot of poise under pressure."
As for the distance races, Kala Hardacker '04 and Libby
Barney '03 finished first and second respectively in the 1000m and 1500m.
Jesse Gray also ran a strong 3000m race and claimed a second place finish.
The men's team supported the women throughout the meet, hollering names
and encouraging runners, throwers and jumpers.
The state meet was a great meet for the women and the
team is looking to place well at New England's this Saturday at Brandeis.
Febiger '03 takes first in the high jump. (Henry Coppola/Bowdoin Orient)