Seniors blaze the way for indoor track & field
The first home meet of the season sparked excitement into the hearts of the seniors of the Bowdoin Women's Indoor Track and Field Team last weekend. Running in the first home meet of their last indoor season, the lady Polar Bears beat New England competitors Brandies and MIT with the strongest performances and major point contributors coming from the seniors.
"The team has been working very hard, and we were all very excited about our first meet at home. I think that our determination and enthusiasm was evident on Saturday," said captain Cait Fowkes '03.
Indeed Fowkes was motivated and ready to put forth the effort on Saturday. Competing in four events throughout the day, she had two personal best performances in the shot put throw and weight throw. Her throw of 33 feet, 6 inches in the shot put and 43 feet, 8 inches in the weight throw placed her first and second respectively.
Additionally, Fowkes' third place finish in the high jump added to the team's final score of 164 points.
Joining Fowkes in the outstanding senior-led meet were Libby Barney '03, Kate Brinkerhoff '03, Julia Febiger '03, and Acadia Senese '03. Brinkerhoff, coming into her first season since studying away in France, edged out teammate Febiger to win the 600-meter run in a time of 1:43.84 and led the way for a 1-4 sweep in the event.
Senese, the only remaining member of the fantastic three triple jumpers from last winter, proved she could jump perfectly well on her own by winning the event with a jump of 35 feet, 4 inches.
The final big performance of the day came from Barney. Running alone in the mile, she sprinted through the finish line with a time of 5:11.08. Her time was only 2.68 seconds off of the provisional qualifying time for nationals. Barney later also ran the 1000-meter run, placing second to cross country All-American Mariko Holbrook from Brandeis.
Assistant coach Julia Kirtland was impressed by Barney's performances, and said, "Libby ran excellent races. How she ran and the fact that she was able to run two very competitive times, show us how strong she is."
With the seniors leading the way, the underclassmen are bound to follow. The postseason meets appear to have many upper and underclass Bowdoin women competing. Coach Slovenski said of his women's team, "we looked good this week, but we will look and feel better every week."