HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates senior All-American Chris Murtagh won Field Performer of the Week honors in NESCAC Men's Track and Field, announced Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is the second time Murtagh has won this recognition -- he earned the same award one year ago, on April 19, 2010.
Murtagh had a brilliant day, despite cold and windy conditions, on Saturday at the Colby Invitational, highlighted by his performance in the hammer throw. Murtagh's top effort of 196 feet and 4 inches sailed well beyond the team record of 193-7 set last year by Murtagh's former teammate in both college and high school, Rich McNeil '10, and automatically qualified him to compete in the hammer at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Bates' all-time performance list in the hammer throw is particularly distinguished: it includes 12 former All-Americans in the event, including four NCAA champions in Anton Kishon (1935), Wayne Pangburn (1965 and 1966), Mark Miller (1981) and Jaime Sawler (2002).
Murtagh also set a personal record in the discus throw, finishing second behind sophomore teammate David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) at 160-10 and meeting provisional qualification for NCAAs in that event.
Murtagh is the second Bates man to win NESCAC Field Performer of the Week honors through the first four weeks of the season. Pless won the award two weeks ago.
Bates hosts the 2011 Maine State Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at noon.