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Men's track finishes fourth at New England Indoor Championships










SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Bates men's track and field team placed fourth in the Division III New England Men's Indoor Championships on Saturday at Springfield College, the No. 16 nationally ranked Bobcats' highest finish at the meet since coming in third in 2006.

Bates scored 62 points, trailing only MIT (114), Williams (112) and Springfield (74), and beating out such rivals as Bowdoin (50), Tufts (44) and Amherst (42).

Sophomore David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) won the New England title, and broke Bates' team record as well as Springfield's facility record, in the shot put with a top effort of 55-02.75, leading a 1-2 sweep in the event with senior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) the runner-up at 53-09.25. Waldman set the team's indoor shot record of 54-08.25 earlier this season. Pless's heave was his lifetime best by a whopping five feet, and he has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship as well. He is currently ranked sixth in the event in Division III, with Waldman right behind him in seventh.

Senior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) Murtagh claimed second place in the weight throw, with a top effort of 59-09.50. Murtagh also placed sixth in the shot put at 47-07.75. Pless came in seventh in the weight throw at 54-06.00 for two additional team points.

Other point-scoring (top eight), All-New England performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) placed third in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 1:57.28 for six team points.
  • Sophomore Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) finished fourth in the mile at 4:20.58.
  • First-year Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) came in fifth in the 3,000 meters at 8:39.82.
  • Sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) claimed sixth place in the 55-meter hurdles, with a finals time of 7.95 seconds, his lifetime best and a qualifying time for the ECAC Division III Championships.
  • Bates also took sixth place in the 4x800 relay, with a time of 8:12.93.
  • The Bobcats placed seventh in the distance medley relay, in 10:38.39.
  • On Friday in the indoor pentathlon, senior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore David Hardison (South Portland, Maine), took fourth and sixth places, respectively. Epler scored 3,226 points. He ranked second in the nine-man field in the 1,000 meters (2:43.60), and was third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.21). Hardison was solid all-around, placing fifth or sixth in the field in all five events.

Bates competes next weekend at the all-divisions Open New Englands, hosted by Boston University.