Eickhoff places third in 800 at NCAAs, leading Bates to 13th place out of 109 teams

Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff holds her award for third place in the women's 800-meter run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, March 9, 2019. Eickhoff became a five-time All-American with her performance. (d3photography.com)

BOSTON -- Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff completed a stellar two-day performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships with a third-place finish in the women's 800-meter run, and the Bobcats took 13th place among 109 teams competing at the meet.

Running on the banked track of the Reggie Lewis Center, Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) broke her own team record in the event by a tenth of a second with her time of 2:11.37, earning her second All-America honor in as many days and the fifth of her career. Twenty hours earlier, Eickhoff led Bates' distance medley relay team to second place in the 1,600-meter anchor leg. 

The Bobcats completed a stellar NCAA Championship meet with senior Katie Barker (Burlington, Vt.) placing ninth in the 3,000 meters in 9:56.76, just 1.87 seconds and one place shy of All-America honors and team points. Barker, a 2018 cross country All-American, beat her previous career-best time from last month by 0.19 seconds.

The eight points scored by the DMR team and the six added by Eickhoff in the 800 gave Bates 14 for the meet, good for 13th place among 109 participating teams.

Eickhoff becomes Bates women's track and field program's sixth athlete with five or more All-America honors, joining Keelin Godsey (16), Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (6), Izzy Alexander (5), Jessica Wilson (5) and Sally Ceesay (5).