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Men's track and field places third at New Englands









MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates College men's track and field team finished in third place out of 25 scoring teams on Saturday in the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Tufts.

Bates scored 66 team points, behind Williams and MIT and ahead of fourth-place Springfield (55).

Senior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) placed second in the discus throw at 151-02 on Saturday, while junior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) came in sixth at 144-10. McNeil also came in third in the shot put at 47-10.50, while Waldman again checked in at sixth with a top effort of 47-05.00.

Also scoring points for Bates, and thereby earning All-New England honors:

  • First-year Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:23.77, meeting provisional qualifications for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time in his career.
  • Senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) finished eighth in the high jump, with a top height of 6-2.
  • Sophomore Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) placed seventh in the pole vault at 14-05.25.
  • Bates took sixth place in the 4x400 relay, with senior Nicolas DeFrancis (Norwich, Vt.), sophomore Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.), first-year James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) and junior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) finishing in 3:23.58. The time qualified the team for the ECAC Championships.
  • Bates also took seventh place in the 4x800 relay, with sophomore Troy Calandra (San Francisco, Calif.), junior Kevin McDonald (Stewart Manor, N.Y.), junior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) and first-year Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) finishing in 8:03.24.

Friday Recap

Bates freshman Jesse Chapman captured the New England title in the decathlon on Friday at the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, highlighting a strong day for the Bobcats in relatively light action.

Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) surged from third place after the first day to first place on Friday, as many of his best events took place, including the discus throw, the javelin throw, the pole vault and the 110-meter hurdles. In the hurdles, Chapman finished second and registered the fifth-best time in team history, 15.55 seconds, meeting qualifications for the ECAC Championships. Chapman won the discus throw by over seven meters, and he won the pole vault at 12-10. Chapman then produced a lifetime best in winning the javelin at 51.28 meters. He finished with 6,481 points, more than 400 points ahead of runner-up Isaac Nicholson of Williams.

Bates junior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) also had an exceptional second day of action in the decathlon, rising from eighth place overall to to finish third. Epler was fourth in the hurdles in a season-best 15.96 seconds. He was second in the discus at 35.09, produced a lifetime best in the pole vault at 11-10. Both decathletes did well in the 1,500 as well, with Epler near his PR at 4:38.42, while Chapman posted a lifetime best at 4:51.12.

Other Bates highlights on Friday included junior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) winning second place in the javelin throw with a personal-record performance of 198-07. Murtagh passed NESCAC champion Stephen Simalchik of Williams on his final throw, but Simalchik retook first place with his final effort. Murtagh has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the javelin.

Chapman also finished third at the NED3 indoor championshipsin the heptathlon in March, and setting a program record and qualifying for nationals. Last week he won the conference title in the discus throw at the NESCAC Championships.

Also scoring for Bates on Friday, McNeil was fourth in the hammer throw at 173-06, and junior Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) was sixth in the 10,000 meters (32:38.34).