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Bates men win ECAC outdoor track and field championship

Head coach Al Fereshetian holds the first-place award earned Friday by the Bates men's track and field team. (Photo courtesy of Moravian College)









BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Bates College men's track and field team won its first ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship in dominating fashion on Friday, behind its trio of powerful throwers.

The Bobcats scored 63 team points, 19 more than runner-up Williams (44). Ithaca (43.5), Moravian (42) and The College of New Jersey (38) rounded out the top five.

Bates senior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) broke the meet record, as well as his own team record, in the hammer throw with a top effort of 197-2, another automatic NCAA qualifying mark for the All-American.

Sophomore David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) won the shot put, at 54-1.25, ahead of runner-up and senior teammate Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.), who went to 51-11.75. Pless also claimed the ECAC title in the discus throw, at 163-7, while Murtagh was the runner-up at 161-11 and Waldman was fifth at 155-8.

Murtagh was also sixth in the shot put (48-8.75), scoring 21 of Bates' 63 points. Pless, who was also 11th in the hammer throw, scored 20 points with his two event wins, while Waldman contributed 12 points.

Bates' other point-scorers on the day included first-year Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.), claimed fifth place in the 5,000 meters, at 14:51.22.

Sophomore David Hardison (South Portland, Maine), meanwhile, finished fifth in the decathlon with 5,357 points. Hardison was second among nine competitors in the pole vault (10-11.75), second in the javelin throw (135-5), fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.38) and fourth in the 400-meter dash (53.45).

Sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) was ninth in the 800, at 1:53.03.

On Thursday, first-year Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) claimed seventh place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to score two team points on an abbreviated first day of action.

Martin finished the race in 9:33.98, good for seventh place out of 17 runners. His personal-best time puts him at fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the steeplechase.

Others competing for the Bobcats on Thursday included sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) and junior Jarret McKallagat (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) came in 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles, at 15.42 and 15.46 seconds.