No. 22 women's track holds its own vs. Maine, UNH

Bates junior Katie Hughes won the shot put and finished fifth in both the discus and hammer at the UNH Wildcat Invitational on April 14, 2018. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

DURHAM, N.H. -- The No. 22 nationally ranked Bates women's outdoor track and field team won four events, among other impressive results, in competing against Division I New Hampshire and Maine Saturday at the UNH Wildcat Invitational.

The Bobcats scored 157 points in the meet. Host UNH scored 212 points and Maine scored 166.

Bates' highlights on the day included:

  • Senior Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.), the NESCAC Women's Track Performer of the Week, broke her second team record in as many meets in finishing first in the rarely-run outdoor 3,000 meters with a time of 9:57.30. The former team record of 10:14.43 was set in 1995. Cook set Bates' 5,000-meter record (16:49.10) last week at Tufts.
  • Junior Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.) took first place out of 13 runners in the 800-meter run, with a career-best time of 2:20.62.
  • Bates won the 4x400 relay, with first-year Imani Boggan (Lafayette, Calif.), sophomore Megan Seymour (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Paige Rabb (Stamford, Conn.) and first-year So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) finishing in 4:07.15.
  • Junior captain Katie Hughes (Pittsfield, Maine) won the shot put (38-6), and placed fifth in the discus (114-4) and fifth in the hammer (135-0).
  • First-year Genesis Paulino (Lawrence, Mass.) placed second in the shot put at a career-best 35-7.75 and fourth in the discus at a career-best 114-4, moving onto Bates' all-time top 10 performance list in both events. Paulino now ranks sixth in team history in the discus and and 10th in the shot put.
  • Imani Boggan also placed second in the 800 meters, in 2:21.23.
  • Senior captain Callie Reynolds (West Hartford, Conn.) placed second in the 3,000 meters at 10:31.14.
  • First-year Molly McCoole (New Bedford, N.H.) placed third in the high jump at 5-3, moving onto Bates' all-time performance list in the No. 3 spot.
  • Junior Shelby Burns (Uniontown, Pa.) also cleared the high jump bar at 5-3, a career best, moving her from fifth place on Bates' all-time list into a tie for third place with McCoole.
  • First-year Amanda Kaufman (Somers, Conn.) took third place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.44 seconds, putting her in third place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Kaufman also placed fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:08.43) and seventh in the long jump (14-6.5).
  • Junior Sarah Shoulta (Waterville, Maine) placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in a career-best 15.69 seconds, moving her from seventh into sixth place on Bates' all-time performance list.
  • Sophomore Anna Beaudet (Auburn, Maine) took fourth place in the 100-meter dash (13.08) and eighth place in the 200 (26.67).
  • So Kim also took fourth place in the 800 meters (2:22.13).
  • Megan Seymour also placed fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:08.90).
  • Sophomore Ashley Pratt (Turner, Maine) placed seventh in the pole vault (9-9).

Bates will compete at the Aloha Relays at Bowdoin next weekend, with the heptathlon getting started Friday at 4pm and the main part of the meet beginning Saturday at 11am.