Bates junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) set or helped set two of the Bates men's track and field team's indoor event records on Saturday at the Valentine Invitational at Boston University.
LePage ran the third leg on Bates' distance medley relay team, which lopped three seconds off the previous team record time of 9:58.10 set a year ago (with LePage running the same leg). Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) led off the DMR on Boston University’s banked track with the 1,200-meter leg, followed by sophomore Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) in the 400 meters, LePage in the 800 and sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) in the anchor 1,600-meter leg, who crossed the finish line in 9:55.10, fourth best in a mixed, all-divisions field of 20 squads.
Because the race was run on BU's banked track, the time is converted to 9:58.10 for purposes of comparison with other performances on non-banked tracks around the country -- coincidentally, the identical time Bates ran a year ago. (Last year's DMR squad featured Nick Barron '13, Ryan Quinn '11, LePage and Hannan, who ran the anchor leg.)
Bates' time currently puts the Bobcats in third place on the nationwide Division III performance list, behind only the two teams who finished ahead of the Bobcats on Saturday at BU: Bowdoin and Wabash.
But the DMR mark was only the first of two team records broken Saturday by LePage, who also became the Bobcats' all-time top performer in the 1,000 meters, leading all Division III runners in 2:27.90. The former record of 2:28.12, by Andrius Staisiunas ’05, had stood since 2003.
Bates competes Friday, Feb. 17 in the New England Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at Springfield College.