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Men's track claims 10th outdoor state title in 11 years

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates men's track and field team won its third straight Maine State Men's Outdoor Championship, and its 10th in the past 11 years, on Saturday at Colby.

The Bobcats scored 235 points, followed by Bowdoin with 222, Southern Maine with 82.5 and Colby with 74.5, in the 113th edition of the annual meet, which dates to 1895.

Bates will host the NESCAC Men's and Women's Track & Field Championship next Saturday, April 28 at 9am.

Junior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) won the Frederick D. Tootel Memorial Award as Most Outstanding Field Performer, winning all three of his events and setting the meet shot put record at 57-7, nearly three feet beyond the former mark of 54-9.5 set in 1985 by Jeff Shain of the University of Maine.

Pless also took first place in the discus (163-9) and hammer throw (180-6) to remain undefeated in all three events this season.

Bates won eight events in all. Top-three performances by the Bobcats were as follows:

  • Bates swept the top three spots in the 110-meter hurdles, with junior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) first in 15.84, junior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) second in 16.26 and sophomore Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) third in 16.30. Hardison also finished third in the 400 hurdles, in 57.05.
  • Junior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) won the javelin at 177-3, while senior Duncan Briggs (Arrowsic, Maine) took third at 165-1.
  • First-year Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) won the high jump in 6-3.25.
  • Senior Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) won the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 15-5, where he remains second on Bates' all-time list.
  • First-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) finished second only to Colby All-American Dom Kone in both the 100 meters (11.18) and the 200 (22.69). Spofford also took third place in the long jump, at 20-9.25, as well as fifth place in the triple jump (41-1.75).
  • First-year Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) was second in the shot put (51-7) by a nearly six-foot margin ahead of third place, and he was second in the discus by a nearly 25-foot margin over third place, at 161-0. Enos also took fourth place in the hammer (153-3).
  • Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) was second in the 800 meters (1:55.37).
  • Junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) were second and third, respectively, in the 5,000 at 15:06.22 and 15:18.61.
  • Sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) and senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) were second and third, respectively, in the 3,000 steeplechase, at 9:29.40 and 9:35.44.
  • Senior Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) took second place in the 10,000 meters, at 33:22.68.
  • Sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) and junior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,500, at 3:59.78 and 4:00.74.
  • Junior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.) finished fourth in both the 200 (23.30) and the 400 (50.59), while sophomore Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) was fifth in both of those events.
  • Spencer, McKallagat, Levy and LePage closed out the track events with a win in the 4x400 relay, finishing in 3:26.15.