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Men's track and field defeats three rivals at Colby











WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates College men's track and field team took first place Saturday in a four-team meet held at Colby and including MIT and the University of Southern Maine. The Bobcats scored 227 points, followed by MIT (215), USM (210) and Colby (51). It is the first time they have defeated MIT in a regular-season meet in 14 years.

Bates junior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) captured first place in three throwing events: the discus throw (145-02), the hammer (174-10) and the shot put (45-04.25), to lead the Bobcats. McNeil's distance in the hammer represented a NCAA Championships qualifying mark. Bates sophomore Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) won the 200-meter dash in 22.38 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in Bates history, while first-year Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.) won the 100 in 11.39 and sophomore Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:43.98.

Bates also claimed first place in the 4x400 relay, with first-year Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.), junior Carlos Castro (Mexico City, Mexico), junior Steven Fukuda (East Hartford, Conn.) and Quinn finishing in 3:26.75, and in the 4x100 relay, with Jiang, sophomore Pat Carroll (North Andover, Mass.), first-year Nick Marinakis (Reading, Mass.) and anchor Quinn finishing in 43.79 seconds, their best time this season.

Other top-three performances were registered by Marinakis, who was second in the 100 (11.45), senior Justin HoShue (Kingston, Jamaica), who was third in the 100 (11.63), sophomore Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine), who was second in the 1,500 (4:02.24), senior Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.), who was second in the hammer (160-11), sophomore Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.), who was third in the hammer (141-10), first-year Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.), who was second in the pole vault (14-02.75), first-year Duncan Briggs (Arrowsic, Maine), who was third in the javelin throw (151-10), first-year Candido Bousquet (Colombo, Sri Lanka), who was second in the discus (135-07), and sophomore Monthe Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.), who was third in the triple jump (40-11.00).

Bates will next host the State of Maine outdoor men's championships next Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m.