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Men's track and field second to Maine in home meet









LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's indoor track and field team welcomed Division I Maine in a rare visit, as well as Division III rivals Colby and Southern Maine, finishing second to the Black Bears on the strength of many noteworthy performances.

In the final team score, Maine scored 244 points, followed by Bates at 214, Southern Maine at 151.50 and Colby at 60.50.

"It was a great meet for us today, with many qualifiers and strong performances," said head coach Al Fereshetian. "The wins were all impressive and it was nice to compete with a great team like the University of Maine."

First-year Tony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) placed second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.95 seconds, to become only the fifth Bobcat to run a sub-8.00 time.

Senior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) won both the shot put (49-07.75) and the weight throw (57-09.50), leading a bevy of point-scorers in the throwing events. McNeil's weight throw was a strong provisional qualifier for the NCAA Championships, according to Fereshetian, and places him among the top 10 in the nation at the moment. McNeil's shot put was also close to being a provisional qualifying distance.

Junior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) had another breakout performance, for the second straight week surpassing his personal record in the shot put by three feet with a second-place 47-11.75. First-years David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) were fifth and seventh, respectively. In the weight throw, junior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) was the runner-up at 50-09.25, while senior Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.), junior Elliot Foster (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Waldman were fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Other Bates highlights included first-year Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) winning the 5,000 meters in 15:29.44, junior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) winning the 200 (23.45), sophomore Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) winning the pole vault (14-11.00) and first-year James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) placing third in the 1,000 at 2:35.29, with sophomore Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) in fourth at 2:35.90.

Other top three marks for the Bobcats included sophomore Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.), second in the 55 meters (6.70), junior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine), second in the mile (4:24.49), senior Conor Welch (Newburyport, Mass.), third in the 800 (2:01.39), Haeuser third in the high jump (5-11.25), and the distance medley relay team of first-year Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.), LePage, Corcoran and Esponnette second in 10:37.26.

Two members of the Bates College men's indoor track and field team qualified for the New England Division III Championships with their performances Friday in the pentathlon segment of a four-team meet with Colby, Maine and Southern Maine.

In Friday's pentathlon portion of the meet, two Bobcats qualified for the New England Division III Championships with their performances. Junior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) and first-year David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) will join Chapman to compete in the penathathlon at New Englands, which Bates will host Feb. 19-20.

Next up for Bates is the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday and the USM Invitational on Saturday.