Bobcats of the week of Feb. 11, 2008

Noah Gauthier '08
Bates senior Noah Gauthier(Amherst, N.H.) has his sights set on winning an NCAA 35-pound weight throw crown in this year's Division III Indoor Championships. On Saturday at the Maine State Indoor Championships, hosted by Bowdoin College, Gauthier showed that so far, he is well within reach of his goal.The two-time All-American won both the shot put (49'09.75") and the weight throw at the meet, while breaking the meet's 32-year-old record in the weight throw with a heave of 60 feet and 3.75 inches, nine inches farther than the mark established in 1976 by Bowdoin's Larry Waithe. Gauthier's is currently the second-best throw in Division III this season.

Gauthier was the easy choice for his third consecutive Peter Goodrich Most Valuable Field Athlete Award, leading Bates to a strong third place showing. Bates dominated the throwing events, with Gauthier and sophomore Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) finishing 1-2 in both the weight throw and the shot put, while seniorMatt Lopez (Lexington, Mass.) took third place in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put.

Megan McClelland '11
Bates first-year Nordic skier Megan McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.)recorded her finest effort of the EISA Winter Carnival season last weekend at the Dartmouth College Ca, leading the Bobcat women's team in both Friday's 5K Freestyle race and Saturday's 15K Mass Start Classic race.The Bates women's Nordic team also placed fifth in their Saturday event, the 15K Mass Start Classic. McClelland placed 16th out of 62 competitors in Saturday's 15K Mass Start Classic, in a time of 55:48.6, and 21st out of 62 in Friday's Freestyle race in a time of 15:21.0.

McClelland is currently ranked 26th on the EISA's NCAA Qualifiers List, just ahead of first-year teammate Ingrid Knowles (Cumberland, Maine), sophomore Abby Samuelson(Freeport, Maine), first-year Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) and first-year Kirsten Gill (Jackson, N.H.), who are 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st, respectively.

The Bates alpine and Nordic ski teams compete this weekend at the Williams College Winter Carnival, the penultimate carnival of the EISA tour.