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Men's track and field wins 7th straight State of Maine crown

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates College men's track and field team won its seventh consecutive Maine State Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at Colby College, nipping Bowdoin by two points, 190-188. Southern Maine was third with 121 points and Colby scored 111.

Bates senior Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) won the hammer throw and the shot put, earning the Frederick Tootel Memorial Field Athlete of the Meet Award for the third straight year.

"Today was a special day for the seniors," said interim head coach Matthew Capone '07. "They had been putting a lot of pressure on themselves to get the team ready to go for this meet and keep their streak alive.  It was a true team victory -- we had guys in every event respond to the competition and step up with career-best performances. This victory sets us up very well as we begin our championship season."

Bates dominated the throwing events. Bobcats Gauthier, Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.), senior Matt Lopez (Lexington, Mass.) and first-year Christopher Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) placed 1-2-3-5 in the hammer throw. In the shot put, Bates took first (Gauthier) and third (McNeil). Bates took first (Murtagh), third (senior John Miley), fifth (sophomore Connor Hogan) and sixth (sophomore Nicolas DeFrancis) in the javelin; and second (McNeil) third (Murtagh), fifth (Gauthier) and sixth (sophomore Mark Liu) in the discus throw.

Elsewhere in the field events, senior co-captain Emmanuel Drabo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) defended his triple jump title and was also fourth in the long jump. First-year Monthe Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) was fourth in the triple, while first-year Wes Farnsworth (South Royalton, Vt.) tied for second in the high jump. DeFrancis was second in the pole vault, while sophomore Peter Garber (Short Hills, N.J.) tied for 3rd, and junior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) was 5th.

First-year Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) was third in both the 100 and 200 sprints, while first-year Justin HoShue (Kingston, Jamaica) was fifth in the 100 despite running from the unseeded section.

Sophomore Griff Stabler (Keene, N.H.) was fourth in the 1,500 meters and fifth in the 800, while junior Mike Watson (Mansfield, Mass.) was third in the 800.

Senior Matt Dunlap won the 10,000-meter run, with senior Harrison Little (Hanover, N.H.) fourth.  Sophomore Conor Welch (Newburyport, Mass.) was second in the 3k steeple and sophomore Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) was third in the 5,000.

Bates competes next Saturday at the NESCAC Championships at Hamilton College.