Hughes, Lambert star for women's track at Bowdoin Invitational

Katie Hughes recorded a big personal record in winning the weight throw at the Bowdoin Invitational on Feb. 16, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates women's track and field team won four events and saw some big personal records fall Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational, a non-scoring meet with Bowdoin, Colby, Wheaton (Mass.), Colby-Sawyer, Regis (Mass.), St. Joseph's, UMaine-Farmington and Unity.

Bates' top-three performances included:

  • Senior Katie Hughes (Pittsfield, Maine) won the weight throw with a career-best distance of 52-6.5, over 28 inches farther than the personal record she established two weeks ago, which moves her into sixth place on Bates' all-time performance list. Hughes was also second out of 20 athletes in the shot put (38-6.25).
  • First-year Elise Lambert (Amherst, N.H.) won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet and 5 inches. That puts her in a tie for fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list, and moves her into a tie for 15th place on the current national Division III leaderboard.
  • Sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) crossed the finish line first among 12 runners in the 1,000 meters (3:07.96).
  • First-year Lily Simmons (Harpers Ferry, W.Va.) won the pole vault, clearing the bar at 10-5.25.
  • Junior Talia Binns (Interlaken, N.J.) was second in the 400 meters, at 1:03.84.
  • Junior Megan Seymour (West Hartford, Conn.) was second in the 600 meters (1:44.17), qualifying for the New England Division III Championships.
  • First-year Emily Carty (Sweden, Maine) took second place in the mile (5:32.28).
  • Junior Ashley Pratt (Greene, Maine) tied for second place in the pole vault (10-0).
  • Sophomore Genesis Paulino (Lawrence, Mass.) also established a big personal record in the weight throw, with a third-place top distance of 47-7, nearly two feet beyond her previous best of 45-10.75.
  • Senior Sarah Shoulta (Waterville, Maine) had the third-fastest time out of 36 runners in the 200-meter dash (27.78). She was also fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.55).
  • Senior Shelby Burns (Uniontown, Pa.) placed third in the high jump (5-1), qualifying for the New England Division III Championships.
  • First-year Tara Ellard (Brewster, Mass.) was third in the mile (5:34.54).
  • Bates returns to Bowdoin next Friday and Saturday for the New England Division III Women's Indoor Championships, with the pentathlon beginning Friday at 3pm and the bulk of the meet starting Saturday at 10am.