Rebecca Hakala '02 - Sanford, Maine
2001 Co-Captain
Mitchell Scholar, Dana Scholar
2000 NESCAC All-Academic Team
1999-2000 Robert Plumb Award

Rebecca Hakala '02Rebecca Hakala is a co-captain For the 2001 seaon. In 2000, she made her first post-season appearance, representing the Bobcats at the ECAC Championship. In 2001, Rebecca recorded a collegiate best of 20:00. Rebecca was honored with the Robert Plumb Award which recognizes a sophomore for both academic achievement and athletic promise. In track, she runs the 400 hurdles and is planning to try the steeplechace. In the winter of 2000, Rebecca helped to establish a new Bates record in the Distance Medley Relay.

Rebecca graduated from Sanford (Maine) High School where she was the class valedictorian. She has been recognized as both a Mitchell Scholar and Dana Scholar. In 2000 Rebecca was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team. She majors in mathematics with a secondary concentration in French. Rebecca spent the winter semester her junior year in Montpellier, France, and is applying for Fulbright teaching assistantships which will allow her to return after graduation. In the community, Rebecca has been a mentor for two years with the Bates/Longley School project.

Abby Anthony '03 - Jamestown, R.I.
2000 X-C State Champion, All-Open New England, All Region
Two-time Outdoor Track All-American
Bates record holder, 5K indoors (17:19.24), 10K outdoors (36:21.81)

Abby Anthony '03 Abby Anthony was the lead runner for Bates during her first two cross country seasons. Abby has a personal best of 18:04 on a 5K course which places her 7th on the Bates Top Ten Performance List. In 2000, she became the second Bates woman to win the Maine State Championship. She has earned All-State Honors her first two seasons. In 2000, Abby earned All-New England Open Honors with her 10th plac,e finish, second among Division III runners. In 1999 she earned All-New England Honors.

Abby is a two-time All-American in the 10,000-meter run for the outdoor track team, having finished in sixth place at both the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Championships. She holds school records of 36:21.81 in the 10,000 outdoors and 17:19.24 in the indoor 5K. She earned All-Open New England honors indoors with her record-setting performance in the 5,000, while her title in the Open New England 10K outdoors was the first ever for a Bates woman.

A graduate of St. George's High School (R.I.) Abby also swam and ran track in high school. An economics major, Anthony is studying at the University of Montana during the of 2001-02 academic year.

Elizabeth Wallace '03 - Winthrop, Mass.
Academic All-NESCAC
2001 Captain
2001 Robert Plumb Award Winner

Elizabeth Wallace '03 Elizabeth was a junior co-captain during the 2001 season. In 2000, she established herself among the team's top seven and represented the Bobcats at the NCAA Regional Qualifying Meet. In 2001, Elizabeth broke into the top 7 in the first meet of the season. Her lifetime-best is 20:18 for a 5K course.

During the 2000 track season, Elizabeth earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors in the 4x800-meter relay and had a lifetime best of 5:06.87 in the 1,500-meters. She is also a member of Bates' school-record distance medley relay team. Her best time for the two-mile in track is 12:14.

Elizabeth is involved in many community service projects including PROJECT SAANTA for which she raises money, collects gifts, fills stockings, and delivers hundreds of the stocking to orphans and underprivileged children in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Elizabeth ran cross country and track at Winthrop (Mass.) H.S.

Kelley Puglisi '03 - Scotia, N.Y.
2001 ECAC 1,000-meters champion

After a solid summer of training, Kelley was the second finisher for Bates in every meet during the 2001 season. She had a personal improvement by over one minute to record her career best of 19:03 for a 5K course. Kelley finished 8th at the Maine State Championship, just missing All-State Honors.

In 2001, Kelley had an outstanding track season in which she was the ECAC Indoor Champion for 1000m and earned All-New England honors in the 1500m outdoors and shares the Bates distance medley relay record. Kelley has personal bests of 3:03.41 For 1000m and 4:52.80 for 1500m.

Kelley is majoring in Physics, and sings in the Bates Choir. During her junior year, Kelly is serving as a Junior Advisor to members of the first-year class.

Julie Dutton '04 - Londonderry, N.H.
2001 All-State

Julie Dutton '04 Julie had an immediate impact on the Bates cross country team. She was the second Bates finisher in four of the meets in her rookie season and represented Bates at the NCAA Regional Qualifying Meet. During her sophomore year, Julie assumed the position as the #1 runner on the team. She earned All-State Honors and recorded a lifetime best of 18:34 on the 5K course.

In indoor track , Julie helped the Bobcats set a new school record in the distance medley relay.

At Londonderry High School (N.H.), she excelled in three seasons, posting times such as 4:55 in the 1500m, 11:30 in the 3200m, and 3:09 in the 1000m.


Jessie Gagne-Hall '04 - Manchester, N.H.

Jessie Gagne-Hall '04In her first season, Jessie was hampered early by a foot injury, but moved up throughout the season. By the end of the season she had moved into the top seven and was selected to represent Bates at the NCAA Regional Qualifying Meet, where she finished second for the team and recorded a lifetime best of 19:38 for the 5K course. In her second season Jessie was a consistent top 4 finisher for Bates and bettered her lifetime best by running 19:16.

Jessie graduated from Manchester Central (N.H.) High School along with teammate Beth Pagnotta '04. As seniors, Jessie and Beth were co- captains of Central's nationally-ranked cross country team. Jessie had a 5K personal best of 19:56 on the challenging course of Derryfield Park in Manchester. Jessie has personal records of 5:09 in the 1500m, 11:09 in the 3000m, and 11:56 in the 3200m.

Along with running cross country, Jessie plays the violin in the Bates orchestra and lives in the Community Service House.

Beth Pagnotta '04 - Hooksett, N.H.

Beth Pagnotta '04 Beth is one of the many athletes in the class of 2004 who had an immediate impact on the Bates Cross Country program. Beth burst onto the scene with both experience and confidence. In her first season she finished in the top 5 in every race of the season and represented Bates at the NCAA Regional Qualifying Meet. In her second season, Beth again was a top four finisher for Bates in every meet. She has a personal best of 19:16 on a 5k course. Beth graduated from Manchester Central High School where she was a four-year varsity letter winner and captain of Central's nationally-ranked cross country team. Beth is known for her aggressiveness on challenging courses as well as for her sense of humor on the team.

Lauren Shoff '04 - Metamora, Ill.

Lauren Shoff '04 Lauren comes to Bates from Metamora Township High School in Illinois. Having never run a 5K race in high school, Lauren posted an impressive 20:17 in her second collegiate race as a Bobcat. Following a strong summer of training, Lauren retained her position among Bates' top seven runners and bettered her lifetime best by running 19:43.

Lauren is constantly working hard to improve upon her training and racing. She has an unbeatable work ethic and a positive attitude. Her and sense of humor makes even the toughest workouts fun. She is studying pre-med and planning a career in medicine.

Meghan Johnston '04 - Dillon, Mont.

Meghan Johnton '04 Meghan ran cross country at Beaverhead County High School in Dillon, Mont., where she had a 5k personal best time of 21:19. Despite starting her first season with a dislocated elbow, Meghan went on to represent Bates at the ECAC Championship and finished the season with a lifetime best of 20:56.

In her second season, Meghan bettered her personal best to 20:26. She loves the outdoors including hiking, biking, and camping. Meghan is majoring in biology with a secondary concentration in Spanish. Meghan participated in Bates' Urban Immersion program during the Fall Break, and lives in the Community Service House.

Katherine Creswell '05 - Portland, Ore.

During her first season, Katherine finished among the top seven for Bates in each meet. Her top finish was 4th for the team at the Codfish Bowl Invitational and the NCAA Regional Championship. She has a collegiate best of 19:42 on a 5k course.

Katherine graduated from U.S. Grant High School in Portland, Ore., where she was the district champion twice for 3000m. Her personal records in track include 2:29 for 800m, 5:10 for 1500m and 11:14 for 3000m. Katherine is a national competitor in Scottish Highland Dance and enjoys Latin, Spanish, and music. During the fall break her first season, Katherine participated in the Bates Urban Immersion Program where she spent 5 days immersed in community service.

Penny Christo '05 - Forestdale, Mass.

In only her second year running cross country, Penny made her mark at the collegiate level. No matter how difficult a course may be, Penny always challenged for a top seven position on the Bates squad. During her first season she finished as high as fifth for the team and posted a collegiate best of 19:49. Penny graduated from Sandwich High School where she was League Champion and Cross Country MVP her senior year. Penny also participates in track & field where she has run 3000m in 11:14. 1500m in 5:10, 800m in 2:29. Penny is fluent in Greek.

Rachel Starr '05 - Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Rachel uses cross country to tune up for her primary sport: track & field. This did not stop her from challenging for a top seven position on the team as a first-year. Rachel made steady progress throughout 2001, always finishing in the top ten and eventually moving as high as 5th position. She has a collegiate best of 20:35 on a 5K course. With track times of 60.0 for a 400m and 2:20 for an 800, Rachel is dangerous in the last part of the race. Rachel graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in Colorado.

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