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Men's track and field dominates USM Invitational













GORHAM, Maine -- The Bates men's track and field team took first place out of five teams on Saturday at the USM Invitational, outscoring the host and runner-up Huskies 271.5 to 151.5. Emmanuel was third, followed by Gordon and St. Joseph's.

Sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) won the 600-meter run in 1:22.22, breaking his second team record in as many days (with the help of his three teammates in the distance medley relay run Friday at Boston University's Terrier Invitational). LePage's time shaved 0.99 seconds off of the former record set by Sam Thomas '07 in 2004. LePage was followed in third place by senior Kevin McDonald (Stewart Manor, N.Y.) in 1:27.83.

A trio of Bates throwers -- senior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.), senior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) and sophomore David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) -- together swept the top three places for Bates in the weight throw and shot put. Murtagh won the weight in 61-02.75 and was third in the shot at 45-09.75. Waldman stayed undefeated in the shot put this season at 49-01.00, and was third in the weight at 52-04.50. Pless was second in both events, throwing the weight 54-01.00 and putting the shot 47-06.50.

Bates swept the top three spots in the 55 hurdles, with first-year Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) placing first in 7.95 seconds, followed by sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) in 8.10 and senior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) in 8.25.

The Bobcats then took the top two spots in the 55 dash, with sophomore Tim Woods (Westfield, N.J.) winning the final in 6.77 seconds, followed in second by junior Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.).

Woods went on to win the long jump at 19-04.00.

Bates also swept the top three spots in the mile, with sophomore Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) winning in 4:32.29. First-year Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) was second in 4:35.05, followed by sophomore Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) in third (4:35.29).

Bates took spots 1, 2, and 3 again in the 200. Senior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) won the event in 23.37 seconds, followed by first-year Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) in 23.46 and McKallagat in 23.78.

Epler, Haeuser, sophomore David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) and LePage completed the 4x400 relay in 3:30.79 for first place by over 10 seconds.

Sophomore Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) won the 3,000 in 8:56.58, followed in second place by junior Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) at 9:10.37.

Epler also placed second in the pole vault, at 11-05.75.

Sophomore Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) was third in the 800, in 2:02.05.

Next up for Bates is the Maine State Indoor Championships, taking place at Bowdoin on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.