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First-year Bobcats impress at Bates Pentathlon

LEWISTON, Maine -- A trio of first-year athletes performed well and showed terrific promise for the future on Saturday as the indoor track and field season got under way at the annual Bates Pentathlon.

Tufts had five athletes in the meet, while the University of Southern Maine had two.

Bates freshman Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) placed fourth overall with a score of 3,137 points, the seventh best in Bates history. Chapman qualified for competition in both the New England Division III Championships (to be hosted by Bates on Feb. 19-20) and the ECAC Division III Championships.

Dave Hardison (South Portland, Maine) came in ninth place with 2,740 points, only 160 points shy of competing at New Englands. And Tony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) placed 10th with 2,694 points.

Both Chapman and Haeuser also qualified for New Englands in the 60-meter hurdles. Chapman finished in 8.89 seconds, Haeuser in 8.91.

Bates has its first full meet on Jan. 16 at MIT.