CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates College men's track and field team finished second out of five teams in Saturday's outdoor meet at MIT, topping Colby, Southern Maine and Colby-Sawyer and second to the host Engineers.
Highlighting the meet for Bates was a tremendous discus throw by first-year Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.). McNeil's launch traveled 158 feet and 9 inches, good for No. 3 on Bates' all-time list and meeting the provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III outdoor championships.
Meanwhile, junior Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) was second in the discus, remaining at No. 6 on Bates' list at 146-09. Gauthier was second in the shot put (45-05.25) and also led Bates' 1-2-3-4 finish in the hammer throw with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 178-08. Behind Gauthier were junior Matt Lopez (Lexington, Mass.), McNeil and junior Graham Raymond (Westfield, Mass.).
Other Bates highlights included:
- Senior Sam Murphy (St. Paul, Minn.) and Andrew Tibbetts (Dedham, Mass.) finished 1-2 in the 400-meter hurdles, at 57.57 and 58.12 seconds, respectively, while first-year Carlos Castro (Mexico City) ran a strong fifth place in 1:00.58;
- Senior Matt Capone (Auburn, Maine) was second in both the 100 meters (11.08 seconds) and 200 meters (22.62);
- Senior Sam Thomas (Richmond, Va.) came in second in the 400 (50.08) and third in the 200 (23.01);
- Sophomore C.J. Murray (North Andover, Mass.) was second in the 1,500 meters at 4:02.34.
- First-year Connor Hogan (Stow, Mass.) was second in the javelin throw at 146-07.
- Bates won the 4x400 relay in 3:27.98.
Also on Saturday, two Bates decathletes competed in a decathlon at Tufts University. After the first day of competition, junior John Miley (Hanson, Mass.) leads Tufts' Skip Pagel by 22 points, while first-year Erik Born (Westbrook, Maine) is in fourth.