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April 12, 2010

Chapman earns NESCAC track and field honor

Jesse Chapman '13 won NESCAC Field Performer of the Week honors on Monday. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates first-year Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) was named the NESCAC Men's Field Performer of the Week on Monday as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its Track & Field Performers of the Week.

Bates has won two out of three Men's Field Performer of the Week awards so far this year; Rich McNeil '10 (Lawrence, Mass.) captured the award two weeks ago.

Chapman won the Tufts Decathlon on Sunday, taking first place out of seven athletes and recording the second-best mark in Bates history with 6,586 points.

Chapman exceeded the provisional qualification mark to compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and came within 14 points of automatic qualification. He also outscored the runner-up, Tufts' Jared Engelking, an All-American in both the pentathlon and decathlon, by 257 points.

Chapman was particularly dominant in the discus throw, at 45.37 meters, nearly eight meters beyond all other competitors, for 774 decathlon points. Engelking, who led all decathletes at NCAAs last year in the discus, was 37.54, 7.83 meters behind Chapman.

Incredibly, in his first-ever pole vault attempts at a meet, Chapman bested the field in that event at 3.99 meters, which alone is a qualifying mark for the New England Division III Championships. Chapman also recorded the best mark in the high jump (1.86 meters) and tied as the best athlete in the long jump (6.22 meters). His overall score is the highest by a Bates decathlete after Joe Northrup '05's 2,721 points placed him seventh at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

View the NESCAC Track & Field weekly release (PDF)

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