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Pless leads men's track with 16 points at Open New Englands

Tully Hannan '14 finished second in the 5,000 meters Friday at Open New Englands. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates junior David Pless finished second in both the shot put and the discus throw, propelling the Bobcat men's track and field team on Saturday at the all-divisions Open New Englands at MIT. Bates scored 25 points, tying with Middlebury for 10th place among 38 scoring teams.

Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) took second place in the shot put, at 56-4.5, for eight team points, 16 inches behind URI senior Jacob Keeling, and three feet ahead of third-place Chase Petrucci of Sacred Heart. First-year Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored another point for his eighth-place mark of 50-8.5.

Pless took second place again in the discus throw, at 166-8, 21 inches shy of event winner Sam Snyder of URI and nearly 12 feet ahead of third-place Andrew Piscitelli of URI.

Bates got its other eight team points on Friday from sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.), who was second in the 5,000 with a personal-best time of 14:35.39 that will move him up the national leaderboard in the event. Hannan ranked 29th in Division III after last weekend's meets, based on his 14:38.56 time at last weekend's New England Division III Championships.

Other Saturday highlights for Bates included sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) placing ninth, just out of the scoring, and fifth among Division III athletes in the 3,000 steeplechase, with a time of 9:26.91, while junior Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) came in 18th in 9:41.59 and senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) was 21st in 9:44.40. Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) ran a 1:58.85 in the 800 meters.

In other Friday action, Pless finished 12th in the hammer throw, at 166-11; junior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) placed 18th in the 110-meter hurdles, fifth among Division III athletes, at 15.55 seconds; and first-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) took 12th place in the 1000 meters, fourth in Division III, at 11.04 seconds; and senior Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) ran a personal-best time of 32:41.68 in the 10,000 meters, 16th place overall and sixth best among Division III athletes.

Bates competes next weekend at the ECAC Division III Championships, to be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., May 17-18.