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Bobcats of the week of May 16, 2011

David Pless '13
Bates sophomore David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) produced another jaw-dropping result in a year full of them, as he flew past his old Bates shot put record and won the event at the all-divisions Open New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Southern Connecticut State University.Pless took first place in the shot put with a stunning top effort of 58 feet, 10.25 inches, more than two feet beyond his own team record in the event. The reigning NCAA Division III indoor shot put champion, Pless's top shot put of the day sailed 28.5 inches past second-place Jacob Keeling of the University of Rhode Island. Pless now sits atop the national rankings in the shot put, more than a foot beyond second-ranked Eric Flores, a senior at Cal Lutheran.Just two weeks ago, Pless had broken the former Bates team record in the event at the NESCAC Championships, with a winning mark of 56-6.75.Pless also took third place in the discus throw (162-4) and 12th in the hammer (171-0) at the meet, helping the Bobcats finish an all-time best fifth place out of 37 point-scoring teams at the meet, and first among Division III teams.
Bud Arens '13
Bates sophomore Bud Arensran the second-fastest 800-meter race in Bates women's track and field history, meanwhile qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event, on Saturday at the all-divisions Open New England Championships at Southern Connecticut State University.Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) finished the race in a personal-record 2:13.65, good for 11th place overall and third among Division III runners. The 2:13.42 run by Izzy Alexanderin 2009 is the only faster 800 ever run by a Bates woman. Arens is now the 22nd-ranked 800 runner in Division III.Arens also ran the anchor leg as Bates took seventh place overall and third among Division III teams in the 4x800 relay, at 9:24.15, along with first-year Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.), sophomore Nora Hanagan (Singapore) and sophomore Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.). The time matched exactly the quartet's time from the week before at the New England Division III Championships, which established them as the second-fastest 4x800 relay squad in Bates history.