Eickhoff leads women's track to fifth place at NESCAC Championships

Olivia Skillings, Wendy Memishian and the Bates women's track and field team compete at the NESCAC Championships in Middlebury, Vt., on April 28, 2019. (Courtesy of Kelvin Hao)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Senior captain Ayden Eickhoff won the 800-meter run and placed second in the 1,500 meters, leading the Bates women's track and field team to fifth place out of 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Track & Field Championships at Middlebury.

The Bobcats scored 52.5 points to edge sixth-place Hamilton by half a point for fifth place, moving three places up from their eighth-place finish at the meet a year ago.

Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) finished second in the 1,500 behind Williams junior Anna Passannante, 4:36.27 to 4:37.11, before the rivals switched places in the 800 about two hours later, with Eickhoff winning her second NESCAC title in the event with a time of 2:14.41 to Passannante's 2:14.88. The five-time All-American has now also won five All-NESCAC honors in track and field, in addition to her two All-NESCAC awards for cross country. Both of Eickhoff's times were season bests, and both rank her 20th nationally in Division III.

Other points-scoring performances for top-eight event finishes by the Bobcats included:

  • First-year Elise Lambert (Amherst, N.H.) took second place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.11), earning her first All-NESCAC award for the top-three finish.
  • Senior captain Katie Hughes (Pittsfield, Maine) placed third in the hammer throw with a top effort or 140-3, winning her third career All-NESCAC honor for the top-three finish. Hughes also placed fourth in the shot put (36-7).
  • Senior Katie Barker (Burlington, Vt.) placed fifth in the 5,000 meters, with a time of 18:02.72.
  • Sophomore Genesis Paulino (Lawrence, Mass.) took sixth place in both the discus throw (115-3) and the hammer (132-11).
  • First-year Lily Simmons (Harpers Ferry, W.Va.) tied for seventh place in the pole vault with Tufts senior Sydney Ladner, clearing the bar at 10-2.
  • Sophomore Ellie Strauss (Port Matilda, Pa.) placed seventh in the javelin throw (106-5).
  • Placing seventh in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:01.14 were senior captain Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.), first-year Mary Corcoran (Brookline, Mass.), first-year Tara Ellard (Brewster, Mass.) and first-year Loren Andrews (Wellesley, Mass.).

Bates next competes in the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, taking place May 3-4 at Williams College.