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Men's track breaks team record in distance medley relay at BU









BOSTON -- The Bates College men's track and field team fielded two squads in the distance medley relay on Friday at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University. Both were blazingly fast.

Bates' "A" relay team, in fact, broke the team record by crossing the finish line in 9:58.10 -- exactly six seconds faster than the old mark of 10:04.10 set in 2003 by Malcolm Gray '03, Stephen Graham '03, John Bauer '06 and Andrius Staisiunas '05.

Running the leadoff, 1,200-meter leg was sophomore Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) in a split of 3:02. Senior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) took the baton for 400 meters in 49.2 seconds, followed by sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) running the 800 in 1:53 and first-year Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finishing with a 4:11 in the 1,600-meter anchor leg. Bates' time is currently the second-fastest run this season in all of Division III.

Bates' "B" team won its heat with a time of 10:11.95, on legs run by senior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine), first-year Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.), junior Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) and first-year Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.).

On a banked track such as BU's, the automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championship 9:56.00, and the provisional standard is 10:06.00. The "B" team was not only near the provisional mark, but also was the fifth fastest indoor DMR run in Bates men's history.

Bates competes tomorrow at the USM Invitational.