|Sam Goldstein clears 14-08.75 in the pole vault. (Photos by Tom Leonard '78)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's track and field team got the indoor season off to a solid start on Saturday as it hosted a tri-meet with MIT and Colby in the first meet at the newly resurfaced facilities at Merrill Indoor Gymnasium. Bates finished second in the meet, with MIT in first place (204), followed by Bates (128) and Colby (21).
Event winners for the Bobcats included sophomore Thomas Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) in the 1-mile run (4:24.35); sophomore Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) in the 55-meter hurdles (8.44 seconds); the 4x800 meter relay team (8:28.33) of first-year Troy Calandra (San Francisco, Calif.), first-year Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.), sophomore Joseph Musso (Wallingford, Conn.) and senior Michael Watson (Mansfield, Mass.); senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) in the high jump (5-11.25); first-year Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) tying for first in the pole vault (14-08.75); and junior Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.) in the weight throw (48-04.00).
"It was an excellent start for us with many strong performances," said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian. "Tom Esponnette had a breakthrough race, improving his lifetime best in the mile by over 8 seconds. Also, Sam Goldstein's performance was amazing, as he became the fourth best [pole vaulter] ever in Bates history and was very close to making 15-3. Considering he's a freshman, it means that there could be a lot more good things to come. He and Jerome Bennett are going to give us a very strong presence in the pole vault."
Bates next competes in the Brandeis Invitational next Saturday at 12 p.m.