Women's track opens season impressively in tri-meet at MIT

Senior Ayden Eickhoff chopped 0.05 seconds off of her own team record in the 1,000 meters in Bates' opening track meet of the season on Jan. 12, 2019 at MIT. (d3photography.com file photo)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates women's track and field team had a strong start to the 2019 indoor season in a tri-meet with MIT and Colby on Saturday, winning seven events and scoring 117 points to No. 4 nationally ranked MIT's 155. Colby was third as a team with 60 points.

First-year athletes achieved some of the day's biggest highlights for Bates. Top-three event performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Senior captain Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) won the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:57.19, nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Kira Buttrey of MIT (2:59.12). Eickhoff broke her own team record from 2018 in the event, which was formerly at 2:57.24.
  • Senior captain Katie Hughes (Pittsfield, Mass.) took first place in both the shot put (36-7.5) and weight throw (47-3.75).
  • First-year Rebecca Willis (West Newbury, Mass.) came in first place out of 18 competitors in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 27.58 seconds, 0.37 seconds ahead of runner-up Sarah Ishamuddin of MIT. Willis also finished a strong second place in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 9.54 seconds, which puts her sixth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • Sophomore Amanda Kaufman (Somers, Conn.) won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.33 seconds, 0.21 ahead of runner-up Willis. She also placed second in the long jump (16-5.25).
  • Bates won the 4x400 relay in 4:12.80, 1.87 seconds ahead of MIT. Kaufman, senior captain Sarah Shoulta (Waterville, Maine), senior captain Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Imani Boggan (Lafayette, Calif.) comprised the squad.
  • First-year Sophie Matt (New Albany, Ohio) won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.61, 0.26 ahead of runner-up Claire Melvin of MIT.
  • First-year Elise Lambert (Amherst, N.H.) took second place in the 600-meter run (1:40.52), moving into 10th place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. She also took second place in the high jump (5-0.25).
  • First-year Mary Corcoran (Brookline, Mass.) placed third in the 600 meters (1:41.39).
  • Sophomore Genesis Paulino (Lawrence, Mass.) took third place in both the shot put (32-5.75) and weight throw (43-7).

Bates will host the Bates Invitational next Saturday (Jan. 19), its lone home meet of the indoor season, against Division I University of Maine and Bryant University, along with Franklin Pierce, Keene State, St. Joseph's and Husson. The bulk of the meet will begin Saturday at noon, while the women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon will begin Friday at 4pm.