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Men's track and field wins USM Invitational









GORHAM, Maine -- The Bates College men's indoor track and field team took first place in the six-team USM Invitational on Saturday, even as many of the team's athletes competed at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University the same day.

Bates scored 213.50 points, outscoring Southern Maine (198.50), Worcester State (82), Emmanuel (53), Clark (5) and St. Joseph's (1) in winning the USM meet.

Senior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) took first place in both the shot put (51-02.75) and the weight throw (53-10.50) to lead the way for Bates. McNeil's shot put was a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Championships and puts him at No. 5 on Bates' all-time list in the shot put.

Other winning performances for Bates included junior Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) in the mile (4:29.79), sophomore Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) in the pole vault (14-05.25) and the 4x400 relay team of first-year David Hardison (South Portland, Maine), first-year Tony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine), senior Nick DeFrancis (Norwich, Vt.) and first-year Elliot West (Berkeley Heights, N.J.)which won in 3:36.40.

Other notable performances included sophomore Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.), who was third in the 55-meter dash (6.80) and second in the 200 (23.97), junior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.), who was second in the weight throw (51-11.25), first-year Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.), who was second in the mile (4:33.92), senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.), who was third in the pole vault (13-10.50), senior Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.), who was third in the weight throw (49-11.75), first-year David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), who was third in the shot put (44-04.25), and first-year Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine), who was third in the 3,000 (9:20.53).

Bobcats in the Terrier Invitational

At BU's Terrier Invitational, other members of the team scored a raft of performances that qualified them for late-season championship meets. Junior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) qualified for both the New England Division III Indoor Championships (held at Bates Feb. 19-20) and the ECAC Division III Championships in both the 200 meters (22.83 seconds) and the 400 (50.70). First-year James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) improved upon his New Englands qualifications in the 800 at 1:57.50, while sophomore Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) also qualified with a time of 1:58.74. Senior Griff Stabler (Keene, N.H.) qualified for New Englands in the 1,000 (2:36.33), and both first-year Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) and junior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) qualified for both New Englands and ECACs in the mile. Barron was a revelation with his time of 4:22.75, and Esponnette was right behind at 4:22.81.

Finally, in the 3,000, junior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) qualified for New Englands and ECACs in a lifetime best time of 8:45.03, while sophomore Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) also recorded a lifetime best at 8:57.77.

Bates will return to USM next Saturday, Feb. 6, for the Maine State Indoor Championships.