ORONO, Maine -- The Bates College men's track and field team opened the outdoor season with an impressive victory over two Division I teams, Maine and New Hampshire, in a tri-meet at the University of Maine on Saturday. Bates finished with 138 points, followed by Maine with 136 and New Hampshire with 121.
Bates junior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), three weeks after winning his second NCAA indoor shot put championship, picked right up where he left off, winning three events over competition from the Black Bears and Wildcats. Pless won the hammer throw in 182-10 (56 inches beyond runner-up Ethan Moore of Maine), the discus throw in 168-11 (65 inches beyond runner-up Justin Gagne of Maine), and the shot put in 55-0 (8 inches beyond runner-up Gagne).
Pless was Bates' only event winner on the day, but there were a host of other top-three performances, including:
- Senior Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) finished second in the 1,500 meters, at 4:04.68.
- Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) took second place in the 400 meters in 50.33 seconds, while first-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) finished third in 50.69. Spofford was also third in the triple jump (40-10.25).
- Sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) and junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 5,000, in 15:11.88 and 15:13.97.
- Junior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) and sophomore Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 110 hurdles, at 15.13 and 15.26 seconds. Haeuser also came in third in the high jump, at 5-11.5.
- McKallagat was also third in the 400 hurdles in 58.08, while junior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) finished second in 57.50.
- Senior Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) and first-year John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) were second and third, respectively, in the pole vault at 15-1 and 14-1.25.
- Senior Duncan Briggs (Arrowsic, Maine) was second in the triple jump (40-11.75).
- Spofford, junior Tim Woods (Westfield, N.J.), McKallagat and sophomore Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) finished second to Maine in the 4x100 relay, in 44.01.
- First-year Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) took third place in both the shot put (48-6) and the discus (147-8).
- Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finished third in the 10,000 meters in 31:48.11.
- Junior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) finished third in the javelin throw, at 161-2.
- Sophomore Chris Halsted (Lincoln, Mass.) was third in the long jump (18-9).
The Bobcats travel to Fitchburg State next Saturday for the Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet (11am).