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Men's track and field takes third place at state meet

Doug Brecher '10 outkicks the field in the 5,000 meters. (Photos by Joe Gromelski)

Tom Esponnette '11 wins the mile run.

Mark Liu '10 claims first place in the weight throw.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's track and field team took first place in three events and finished third Saturday night at the 2009 Maine Intercollegiate Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Merrill Indoor Gymnasium.

Bates scored 132.5 points, behind Bowdoin (208.5) and Southern Maine (162) and ahead of Colby (18).

Bates sophomore Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) won the mile run for the Bobcats with a time of 4:20.74. Junior Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) captured first place in the 5,000-meter run in 15:31.50, and junior Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.) won the weight throw with a top heave of 51-05.50.

Prior to the meet, the throwing area in the recently refurbished Merrill facilities was named the Joseph Woodhead All-America Throwing Area, in honor of the Bobcats' assistant coach, who has mentored 15 Bates men and women to 39 All-America honors, and six NCAA titles. Many of Woodhead's former athletes attended a surprise celebration in Woodhead's honor.

The annual meet's 55-meter hurdles race was also named in honor of Al Harvie '65, a former track team captain and champion hurdler at Bates, who has been the public address announcer for 40 consecutive Maine Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Team Scores

1. Bowdoin 208.5

2. Southern Maine 162

3. Bates 132.5

4. Colby 18

Event Winners

55m Dash: Justin Vigeant, USM (6.62)

55m Hurdles: Michael Krohn, Bowdoin (8.01)

200m Dash: Kyle Hebert, Bowdoin (23.17)

400m Dash: Zach Winters, Bowdoin (51.74)

600m Run: Doug Mercer, USM (1:25.21)

800m Run: Brett Stein, Bowdoin (1:58.30)

1,000m Run: Tim Even, USM (2:34.04)

1 Mile Run: Tom Esponnette, Bates (4:20.74)

5,000m Run: Doug Brecher, Bates (15:31.50)
4x400 Relay: Bowdoin (3:28.60)

4x800 Relay: USM (8:10.73)

High Jump: Chris Martin, Bowdoin (6-05.00)

Pole Vault: Orion Winkler, USM (15-02.75)

Long Jump: Mattia Zagon, USM (21-01.25)

Triple Jump: AJ Marden, USM (44-00.00)

Shot Put: Luke Fairbanks, Bowdoin (47-03.00)

Weight Throw: Mark Liu, Bates (51-05.50)

Link to Complete Meet Results