Bowdoin Track Commences Outdoor Season at Santa Barbara Relays

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Bowdoin College track and field team opened its outdoor season last week at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays in California, earning several wins in the non-scoring meet.

For the women's team, Michele Kaufman won the 100 meter hurdles (15.76) while Katherine Harmon took first in the hammer throw (43.51 meters). Other strong individual performances included Anna Ackerman placing second in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:29.55) and Laura Peterson earning second in the triple jump (10.78 meters). In the relay events, the women's 4x800 meter team of Maggie Bryan, Alana Menendez, Madelena Rizzo and Michelle Lawson placed second (10:00.02) while the 4x200 team of Elsa Millett, Emily Barr, Samantha Copland and Maggie Bryan also took second (1:49.32). The women's distance medley relay sqaud of Bryan, Millett, Rizzo and Ackerman (12:45.89) also earned a runner-up finish.

For the Bowdoin men, Riker Wikoff took first in the 400 meter hurdles (54.58) while the Polar Bears claimed a pair of relay wins in men's 4x800 (Colin Fong, Colin Ogilvie, Christian Sleeper and Nicholas Saba, 8:04.23) and the distance medley (Ogilvie, Matthew Gamache, Fong and Saba, 10:37.62). Mason Moss took a runner-up finish in the javelin (55.15 meters).

The Polar Bears will return to action on April 7 when they travel to compete at the Middlebury Invitational.