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Gauthier sets meet mark at Maine State Championships

Noah Gauthier '08

Rich McNeil '10

John Miley '08

Matt Lopez '08

Ryan Quinn '11

Brett Epler '11

Joseph Musso '11

Nic DeFrancis '10

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates College men's indoor track and field team placed third Saturday night at the Maine State Championships, hosted by Bowdoin. Southern Maine won the team title with 174 points, followed by Bowdoin (148), Bates (132) and Colby (67).

Bates dominated the throwing events, with senior All-American Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) and sophomore Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) finishing 1-2 in both the 35-pound weight throw and the shot put, while Gauthier won the Peter Goodrich Most Valuable Field Athlete Award for the third consecutive year.

Gauthier broke the 32-year-old meet record in the 35-pound weight throw with a launch of 60 feet and 3.75 inches, nine inches longer than the mark previously established by Bowdoin's Larry Waithe.  Gauthier launched the shot put 49'09.75", 3.5 inches ahead of McNeil, and McNeil took second in the weight throw at 55'02.75". Meanwhile, senior Matt Lopez (Lexington, Mass.) took third place in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put.

Other standout performances included:

  • Senior multi-eventer John Miley (Hanson, Mass.) placed second in the high jump at 5-11.25, third in the long jump at 20'02.25", and fourth in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.49 seconds;
  • First-year Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) was second in the long jump at 20'04.25", third in the 55-meter dash (6.69) and sixth in the 200 (23.41);
  • First-year Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) placed third in the 55 hurdles (8.46);
  • First-year Joseph Musso (Wallingford, Conn.) placed third in the 1,000 (2:40.22);
  • First-year Nicolas DeFrancis (Norwich, Vt.) placed third in the pole vault (12'03.25").

Bates next competes at the Tufts Invitational on Friday.