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McNeil, Goldstein lead men's track and field to 7th at New Englands

Rich McNeil registered a personal record in the shot put and won the New England title in that and the weight throw. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Rich McNeil led the way with wins in the shot put and weight throw, as the Bates College men's track and field team finished in seventh place out of 22 scoring teams at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, which the Bobcats hosted at Merrill Indoor Gymnasium.

MIT captured first place for the 10th time in team history and for the first time since 2003, scoring 132.5 points. Defending champion Williams was second with 109 points. Bates was in a tightly packed group after that, finishing two points shy of sixth-place Bowdoin and one point ahead of eighth-place Springfield. The Bobcats were able to improve significantly upon last year's 13th-place showing.

McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) had a lot to do with that, after he missed the entire 2009 indoor season. McNeil was one of only two  multiple-event winners at the meet, taking first place in the shot put (51-10.00) and weight throw (59-03.50). His shot put was a lifetime best mark that improved his provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships.

Bates sophomore Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) took second place in the pole vault and broke the school record in the process, with a top vault of 15-06.25, a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships. Goldstein topped the former Bates record of 15-03.5 set by Matt Ondra '04 in 2004.

Jesse Chapman '13 earned All-New England honors by taking third place in the pentathlon Friday. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

Other point-scoring performances for Bates included junior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) claiming fourth place in the shot put at 47-00.75; junior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.), who was sixth in the 200 meters (23.22 seconds), senior Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.), who was seventh in the weight throw (52-04.75); and first-year James LePage (Cumberland, Maine), who was seventh in the 800 (1:59.36).

The Bobcats scored key points in two relay races, finishing sixth in the distance medley relay at 10:29.63 and eighth in the 4x800 relay at 8:07.81. The DMR team comprised junior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine), Quinn, first-year Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) and first-year Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.). The 4x800 squad comprised sophomore Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.), junior Kevin McDonald (Stewart Manor, N.Y.), senior Griffin Stabler (Keene, N.H.) and LePage.

On Friday, Bates first-year Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) took third place in the pentathlon with an outstanding 3,360 points, meeting provisional qualifications for competing at the NCAA Championships. Chapman was first or tied for first among the 15 competitors in both the shot put (40-9.75, 633 points) and the high jump (6-4.0, 740 points). He was seeded eighth entering the competition. Bates junior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) was seeded 12th but placed 10th for Bates with 3,130 points.

MIT senior Stephen Morton won three events for the Engineers, taking first place in the 200-meter dash (22.38 seconds), long jump (23-09.00) and triple jump (49-04.25). Morton's triple jump broke the meet record of 48-08.25, set last year by Alex Samma of Connecticut College. It was the lone meet record to fall on the day.


Top 10 Teams

1. MIT, 132.5

2. Williams, 109

3. Tufts, 65

4. Amherst, 63

5. Southern Maine, 61

6. Bowdoin, 52

7. Bates, 50

8. Springfield, 49

9. Trinity, 35

10. Westfield State, 32

Event Winners

Pentathlon: Jared Engelking, Tufts (3,513 points)

55 Meters: Steve Headley, Springfield (6.35 seconds)

55M Hurdles: Howard Powell, Wheaton (7.79 seconds)

200M Dash: Stephen Morton, MIT (22.38 seconds)

400M Dash: Jabulani Blyden, Williams (50.54 seconds)

600M Run: Ben Scheetz, Amherst (1:20.92)

800M Run: Edgar Kosgey, Williams (1:56.20)

1,000M Run: Brendan Powers, Trinity (2:30.70)

1 Mile Run: Patrick Regan, Westfield State (4:18.04)

3,000M Run: Connor Kamm, Williams (8:33.85)

5,000M Run: Daniel Murner, Amherst (15:14.35)

4x400M Relay: Southern Maine (3:23.52)

4x800M Relay: Amherst (7:55.04)

Distance Medley Relay: MIT (10:21.06)

High Jump: Anthony Stanton, Southern Maine (6-06.25)

Pole Vault: Greg Tao, MIT (15-09.25)

Long Jump: Stephen Morton, MIT (23-09.00)

Triple Jump: Stephen Morton, MIT (49-04.25)

Shot Put: Rich McNeil, Bates (51-10.00)

Weight Throw: Rich McNeil, Bates (59-03.50)