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McNeil leads Bobcats at Open New Englands

Rich McNeil '10 notched three top-seven showings in three events at Open New Englands. (Joe Gromelski photo)

DURHAM, N.H. -- Bates College sophomore Rich McNeil placed fifth in the shot put and seventh in the discus throw as the Open New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrapped up Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.

Bates finished the meet with 21 points, tying with Southern Maine and Vermont for 12th out of 38 scoring teams at the meet.

McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) shot put 50-10.25, edging MIT's James Oleinik by a quarter of an inch to score four team points for Bates. Senior Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) placed 10th in the shot at 48-11.75. McNeil tossed the discus 145-06 for seventh place and two additional team points.

Also on Saturday, Bates placed 14th in the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:06.18, and junior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) came in 16th in the pole vault at 13-09.25.

Friday's Results

Noah Gauthier captured second place and Rich McNeil came in fifth in the hammer throw Friday. Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) recorded a top throw of 185-09, topping the entire field of 23 competitors but for Mike Bernardo of the University of Rhode Island, who was first in 185-09. McNeil's top throw was 178-04.

Other highlights for Bates included:

  • Sophomore Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.), senior Matthew Dunlap (Farmington, Maine) and senior Harrison Little (Hanover, N.H.) all establishing personal records in the 10,000-meter run. Brecher finished sixth in 31:15.65, scoring three more points for the Bobcats. Dunlap came in 14th in 31:57.02 and Little was 19th in 32:33.52.
  • First-year Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) ran a 56.10-second 400-meter hurdles, good for 14th place out of 28;
  • First-year Christoper Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) placed 16th in the javelin throw (169-05), and senior Matthew Lopez (Lexington, Mass.) placed 22nd in the hammer (137-11).