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Gauthier joins Bates' All-America fraternity in weight throw

Noah Gauthier '08 becomes the 12th Bates man to earn All-America honors in the 35-pound weight throw, all since 1988.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Bates College junior Noah Gauthier claimed eighth place in the 35-pound weight throw Friday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, joining his brother Dustin Gauthier '05 to become Bates' first All-America brother tandem.

Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) came in seventh in the preliminary round to qualify for finals with a top throw of 57 feet and 3 inches, and the throw held up for eighth place through the finals.

Gauthier's parents were able to witness the event, which was held at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and they had Noah on the phone with Dustin "about 30 seconds after it was over," said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian.

"Noah did a really nice job, and I think he's pretty relieved now," said Fereshetian. "He had three objectives: to make the finals, to finish in the top eight and to see what happens from there. He certainly met the first two goals."

Dustin Gauthier '05

Noah Gauthier '08

Gauthier beat out Monmouth College senior Jeff Rebholz (55-05.5) for the final All-America slot, following event champion Brandon Houle of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (63-11.75), Jake Basher of SUNY Brockport (62-07.75), Jacob Gabrilska of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (60-09.25), Andy Klaers of Gustavus Adolphus (58-08), Mike Burgstrom of Rochester (58-07.25), Zach Wilson of Monmouth (57-11.25) and Ryan Kawski of Wisconsin-Stout (57-09).

Nearly two years ago to the day, Dustin Gauthier earned his first All-America honors at NCAAs at Illinois Wesleyan, claiming eighth place with a weight throw of 57-08.50.