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Men's track defeats MIT, USM and Colby in home meet











LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's track and field team notched an impressive win among four teams in a home meet on Saturday at Russell Street Track, defeating Division III heavyweight MIT in addition to high-quality competition in Southern Maine and Colby.

Bates scored 258 team points, followed by MIT with 241, Southern Maine with 89 and Colby with 73.

Bates sophomore David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) won the shot put and improved his provisional NCAA standing at 53-03.00. Pless was also second in the discus (153-01) and third in the hammer (162-10).

Senior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) placed second in the hammer throw (178-04), meeting provisional qualification for NCAAs. Murtagh was also third in the javelin (181-07), discus (152-08) and shot put (50-09.25).

Senior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) was second in the shot put (52-06.50) and also hit the NCAA provisional mark.

Bates' many other highlights included:

  • First-year Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) won the 1,500-meter run in 3:59.81, defeating MIT's Benjamin Mattocks by .88 seconds.
  • First-year Jarret McKallagat (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) blazed to a first-place finish of 15.33 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles.
  • Sophomore Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) won the 800 in 1:56.86.
  • First-year Chris Halsted (Lincoln, Mass.) won the long jump at 21-00.00 and was second in the triple jump at 41-04.25.
  • Junior Duncan Briggs (Arrowsic, Maine) won the javelin throw with a top throw of 189-02.
  • First-year Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) nearly won the 100-meter dash with his time of 11.26, just .01 behind Colby's Mduduzi Langwenya, and also was a close second in the 200, at 22.33.
  • Sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) was second in the 110 hurdles in 15.57 seconds, and second in the high jump at 6-01.25.
  • Senior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) was third in the 400 at 50.59 seconds and third in the 200 at 22.84.

Bates travels to Colby for a dual meet next Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m.