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Men's track and field has strong outdoor opener vs. UMO, UNH

Jerome Bennett '10 won the pole vault for Bates in a meet against Division I Maine and New Hampshire. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

ORONO, Maine -- The Bates College men's track and field team acquitted itself well on Saturday competing against two high-quality Division I teams at the University of Maine in a tri-meet with the University of New Hampshire. Bates finished the meet with 106 points. New Hampshire scored 154 and Maine finished with 115 points. (Note: team scores were readjusted on Sunday, after it was found that the relay races were scored incorrectly.)

Bates senior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) won the hammer throw at the meet and met provisional qualification standards for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the process, with a distance of 173-11. McNeil also placed second in the shot put (50-04.50) and in the discus throw (147-07).

Senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) was the other Bobcat who won an event on the day, taking first place in the pole vault at 13-09.

Other top-three performances by Bates included:

  • Junior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) came in second in the hammer throw at 169-03, and was also third in the javelin throw at 174-08.
  • Junior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.15).
  • Sophomore Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.) placed third in the 100-meter dash, at 11.50 seconds.
  • Senior Nicolas DeFrancis (Norwich, Vt.) was third in the triple jump at 39-07.75.

Bates competes next Saturday, April 3, at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet at Fitchburg State, starting at 11 a.m.