Barker places eighth in 5,000M at Open New Englands

Hannah Austin placed 12th in the 10,000 meters at Open New Englands on May 10, 2019. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Bates track and field senior Katie Barker became the third-fastest 5,000-meter runner in team history on Friday, highlighting the first day of the all-divisions Open New England Championships at Southern Connecticut State University.

Barker (Burlington, Vt.) finished eighth out of 31 runners in the 5K, fourth among Division III athletes, with a time of 17:23.94, slicing over 20 seconds off of her previous best time of 17:44.66. Barker moved from ninth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the 5K to third place, trailing only Katherine Cook '18 (16:34.68) and Jessica Wilson '17 (16:57.09). Her time would rank 25th in the country heading into the weekend. She scored one point and earned All-New England honors with the performance.

Also competing Friday for the Bobcats:

  • Senior Hannah Austin (North Yarmouth, Maine) placed 12th among 27 athletes in the 10,000 meters, with a time of 39:05.98.
  • First-year Rebecca Willis (West Newbury, Mass.) placed 19th in the 400-meter hurdles, in 1:06.26.
  • Senior Sarah Shoulta (Waterville, Maine) placed 28th in the 100-meter hurdles, in 16.17 seconds.
  • Junior Megan Seymour (West Hartford, Conn.) placed 30th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:09.07).

The meet continues Saturday with senior Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) competing in the 1,500 meters, first-year Elise Lambert (Amherst, N.H.) in the 800 meters, and first-year Mary Corcoran (Brookline, Mass.), senior Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.), sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) and either Eickhoff or Lambert running the 4x800 relay.