Women's track beats USCGA
What do weights, hurdles, measuring tape, and spikes all
have in common? The Bowdoin Women's Track and Field team is what they
all share. Over the past weekend the Lady Polar Bears displayed a strong
showing at the Farley Field House against the Coast Guard.
Several women won their individual events, qualified for
upcoming championship meets, and set some personal records. Two throwers,
Caitlin Fowkes '03 and Letitia Pierre'05 surprised themselves by throwing
personal records in the 20-pound weight throw, taking second and fifth
Some winning individuals were Ariele Hanek '03 (5000m),
Ellen Beth '05 (1000m), Kala Hardacker'04 (800m), Audra Caler '05 (1500m),
Casey Kelley '02 (triple jump) and Delia Van Loenen '02 (high jump). Van
Loenen coming back to the scene with a vengeance after injuries, cleared
5 feet 2 inches using her signature "worm" technique for the
Coach Slovenski is content with the outstanding showing
over the weekend and hopes to field a full team at the competitive meets
post season. "The team did a lot to improve our position for the
post season championships," said Coach Slovenski. "We qualified
a lot of people for the New England and ECAC meets where we hope to be
among the top 5 -8 teams.
Together the women are looking to break qualifying barriers for championship meets, but along the way a few school records also.
Highlighting the meet performances was senior Casey Kelley
who broke the indoor triple jump school record. Jumping 36'5"inches,
she broke the former record of 36'2" held by teammate Karen Yeoman
'02. Yeoman was the first to congratulate Kelly when it was determined.
A friend and competitor of Kelley's, Yeoman was happy to see Kelley jump
Upcoming for the women are the Maine State meet, Division
III Track and Field Championships, and Open New England Championships.
The Lady Polar Bears look to make a strong showing at all three meets,
but especially at the State Meet against rivals Colby, Bates, and USM.
Senior captain Casey Kelley believes, "we have the talent and desire
to bring home a victory." Also another senior captain Kate Waller
adds about the State Meet, "This meet is the climax of the season,
since it is the last meet that includes the whole team. We always have
the gutsiest performances at this meet."
The Bowdoin Women's Track and Field Team has had four wins this season.