Header Background

Men's track and field wins 16-team meet at Fitchburg State










FITCHBURG, Mass. -- The Bates College men's track and field team continued its impressive start to the outdoor season on Saturday, taking first place out of 16 teams at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Track Meet at Fitchburg State.

The Bobcats scored 180 points, well ahead of runner-up Wheaton (Mass.), which scored 109. UMass-Lowell (100), Southern Maine (92) and the College of St. Rose (73) rounded out the top five.

Junior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) had a big day for the Bobcats, highlighted by meeting provisional qualification for competing in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw, finishing second out of 33, behind only senior teammate Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.), at 175-00. Murtagh also took first place out of 38 in the discus throw at 149-06, and third place out of 43 athletes in the javelin throw. McNeil took first place in the hammer (177-09) and second out of 39 in the shot put (50-09.00)

Junior Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) placed first out of 16 athletes in the 10,000-meter run, with a time of 32:39.97. First-year Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) was third in 34:42.23.

Other top-three efforts included:

  • First-year Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) placed third in the discus (145-07).
  • Senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) placed third in the pole vault (13-11.75).
  • First-year Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:48.03).
  • Sophomore Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) was third out of 61 runners in the 800 (1:56.63).
  • Junior Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) placed third in the 5,000 (16:01.29).

Bates has the Tufts Decathlon this Friday and Saturday, and is at MIT with Colby and Southern Maine on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.