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Waldman, Pless score in shot put at Open New Englands










BOSTON -- A pair of point-scoring performances in the shot put helped the Bates men's track and field team tie for 13th place among 35 scoring teams at the all-divisions Open New Englands, which concluded Saturday at Boston University.

Bates senior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) was the top Division III performer in the shot put, and fourth overall, with a top effort of 52-07.25. Sophomore David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), who broke Waldman's team record in the shot last week, placed sixth at 51-06.25.

In other Bates highlights, sophomore Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) placed ninth overall, third among Division III runners, in the mile, at 4:15.61. Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) was 14th in 4:17.44.

Sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles, ranking 16th overall and third among Division III hurdlers in the prelims with his time of 8.68 seconds. Haeuser officially finished 15th with his finals time of 8.74.

Friday Recap

Bates senior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) took third place in the weight throw, highlighting the first day of action. Murtagh threw the weight 59-07.00, third best out of 27 competitors in the event. Pless was 10th at 55-03.50 and Waldman came in 15th at 53-04.25.

Bates' distance medley relay team -- Barron in the 1,200-meter leadoff leg, senior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) in the 400, sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) running the 800 and Hannan in the 1,600 -- ran its second-fastest time ever, 9:58.69, good for fifth place overall and second among Division III teams.

Sophomore Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) took 19th place in the 5,000 meters, at 15:12.46.

Bates competes next weekend, March 4-5, in the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships at New York Armory.