Hill, James lead No. 11 women's track to 15th place at Open New Englands

Allison Hill placed third in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.11 seconds at Open New Englands on May 13, 2017. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Seniors Allison Hill and Sadie James both recorded third-place finishes to lead the No. 11 nationally ranked Bates women's track and field team to 15th place out of 40 teams Saturday at the all-divisions Open New Englands.

Bates scored 18 points to place 15th out of 40 teams from all three NCAA divisions, who scored points for top-eight performances. Northeastern University won the meet by half a point over the University of Rhode Island, 102.5-102.

Hill (Brunswick, Maine) placed third overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a finals time of 14.11 seconds, the second-fastest race of her career and the fastest she has run with a tailwind under 2.0 meters per second. Jada Harris of UMass-Amherst won in 13.91, followed by Southern Connecticut State's Briana Burt (14.03). 

On Friday night, James (Avon, Maine) placed third in the 10,000 meters with a time of 36:55.82. Sophomore Hannah Austin (North Yarmouth, Maine) finished 15th with a personal record of 40:25.85.

Hill also led off Bates' sixth-place 4x400 relay team, which finished in 3:54.49. Hill was followed by first-year Paige Rabb (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) and senior Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.).

Bates also placed sixth in the 4x800 relay, with sophomore Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.), first-year Hannah Tower (New Milford, Conn.), junior Julia Nemy (San Francisco, Calif.) and senior Ashley Pollack (Port Washington, N.Y.) finishing in 9:35.49.

In the 100-meter dash, first-year Anna Beaudet (Auburn, Maine) ran a personal-best 12.90 seconds.

Bates will compete Thursday at the MIT Final Qualifying Meet, the last meet before NCAA Division III Championships, taking place May 25-27 in Geneva, Ohio.