|Jesse Chapman '13 rose to second place on Bates' all-time performance list in the decathlon. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)|
MEDFORD, Mass. -- Bates first-year Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) 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.
Bates junior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) recorded personal records in the first four events of the day on Sunday to finish third overall, with 5,858 points. That qualifies him for New Englands, and puts him no pace, said head coach Al Fereshetian, to meet the NCAA provisional mark of 6,060 in his next effort.