CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates College men's track and field team made strong showings on two different campuses on Saturday. At MIT, some lifetime best performances helped carry the Bobcats to a strong second place out of three teams, with the host Engineers taking first place with 201.5 points, followed by Bates with 139 and Colby with 60.5.
Over at Tufts on the first day of the Tufts Decathlon, first-year Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) leads all competitors, including Tufts' All-American decathlete and pentathlete Jared Engelking by 200 points, after one day. Chapman had lifetime bests in all five events on the day: the 100 meters (12.00), long jump (6.22/20-5), shot put (13.63/44-8.75), high Jump (1.86/6-1) and 400 meters (54.39. His high jump also qualified him for the New England Division III Championships. Chapman's first-day score is 3,295 points. Meanwhile Bates junior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) is in fourth place.
At MIT, junior captain Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) had a second consecutive outstanding meet, winning the hammer throw and the javelin. After he last week qualified for NCAAs provisionally in the hammer throw, this week Murtagh met provisional qualifications in the javelin, with a personal record throw of 190-3, good enough for the fourth best in Bates history.
Junior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) also had an outstanding day, winning the discus throw with a huge lifetime best by 14 feet, with a throw of 150-8, which moves him up to eighth place all-time at Bates.
Senior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) won the shot put and improved upon his national qualifying performance in the event at 52-2.5, which moves him up to second place all-time at Bates. He also placed second in the hammer and 3rd in the discus.
Junior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) made his season debut with outstanding performances in the 100 meters (11.17) and the 200 (22.58), placing second in both. Quinn led a strong performance from the sprint group.
"All in all, today was a great tune-up for next week's State of Maine Championships [at Colby]," said head coach Al Fereshetian.