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Fereshetian named Coach of the Year, with 11 Bobcats All-NESCAC

Al Fereshetian was named NESCAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Bobcats to their second conference runner-up finish in three years. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

HADLEY, Mass. -- Eleven members of the Bates men's track and field team were named to the NESCAC All-Conference team on Tuesday, following top-three performances at Saturday's NESCAC Track and Field Championships at Wesleyan. Meanwhile, head coach Al Fereshetian was named Men's Coach of the Year for the first time.

Fereshetian, in his 16th year as head coach of men's track and field and cross country at Bates, has led the Bobcats to second place at the NESCAC Track & Field Championships for the second time in the past three years. (While Fereshetian did lead the Bobcats to the NESCAC team championship in 2000, the Coach of the Year award didn't exist until 2003.)

Three of the Bobcats named to the NESCAC All-Conference team received multiple awards, led by sophomore David Pless's (Atlanta, Ga.) haul of three awards. Pless set both the NESCAC Championship and the Bates team record in the shot put, with a massive top effort of 56-6.75, and he also took second place in the discus throw (153-10) and third place in the hammer throw (167-2).












Seniors Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) and Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.), who were also conference event champions on Saturday (Murtagh in the hammer, Waldman in the discus) both won two All-NESCAC plaudits. Murtagh was first in the hammer at 187-5 and third in the shot put at 51-8.5, while Waldman won the discus title at 156-1 and placed second in the shot put at 54-4.75. Murtagh will finish his career at Bates with seven All-NESCAC awards, including three event championships, while Waldman has earned three All-NESCAC plaudits, including one title.

Also honored from the Bobcats were:

  • Senior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine), who was second in the 1,500-meter run in 3:56.37;
  • Sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine), who was second in the 110-meter high hurdles, in 15.33 seconds;
  • Junior Duncan Briggs (Arrowsic, Maine), who was third in the javelin throw, at 190-7;
  • First-year Jarret McKallagat (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), who was third in the 110 hurdles, at 15.35 seconds;
  • The four members of Bates' 4x100-meter relay team on Saturday was also recognized, for finishing in second place in 43.57 seconds: they were, in race order, junior Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.), sophomore Tim Woods (Westfield, N.J.), senior Pat Carroll (North Andover, Mass.) and first-year Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.). It is the second All-NESCAC honor for Carroll, Jiang and Woods, who all were on Bates' third-place 4x100 relay team a year ago.

View the 2011 NESCAC Track & Field All-Conference Teams release (PDF)