NEW YORK -- Bates College won the ECAC Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, notching the team's second major meet crown in the past two weeks (Bates won the New England Division III indoor title on Feb. 18).
Bates scored 69 points at the two-day meet at New Balance Armory, well ahead of runner-up Tufts (48) and best among 62 point-scoring teams.
Bates took first place in the 4x800 relay and set a new Bates and ECAC Championship record in the event in 7:43.91, on the legs of junior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.), first-year John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), senior Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) and junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine).
A day after he won the shot put with a new personal and school record, junior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) recorded another personal best in the weight throw, finishing second in 60-8.
Junior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) won the ECAC title in the heptathlon, scoring 4,377 points, 34 more than runner-up Andrew Osborne of Tufts. Hardison finished first in the 12-man field in the shot put, at 37-2.25, and third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.79).
Among other Saturday highlights for the Bobcats:
Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) had a personal-best time of 8:27.87 in the 3,000 meters, good for second place out of 30 runners.
Stansel added to his great day by placing fourth in the 1,000 meters, with a personal-best time of 2:30.02.
Junior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) had the ninth-best time in the preliminary heats of the 60 hurdles, in 8.51.
First-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine), junior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Jarret McKallagat (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and sophomore Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) finished ninth in the 4x400 relay, in 3:25.19.
Bates stood in first place after the first day of the ECAC Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships as Pless set yet another Bates record in the shot put.
Entering the meet ranked third in the country in the shot put, Pless had a top effort of 58 feet, 10.25 inches — a whopping 7.75 inches beyond his latest personal best, recorded last weekend at Open New Englands. Pless, who set the Bates record while winning the 2011 NCAA indoor shot put title, has eclisped his own school record in the event four times now this season.
Pless was well over seven feet beyond his nearest competitor, while first-year teammate Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) took third place, and All-ECAC honors, at 51-4.25.
Bates also took second place out of 21 teams in the distance medley relay, with Barron, Levy, LePage and sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) finishing in 9:55.34.
Bates received four more team points thanks to junior Andrew Wortham’s (Newton, Mass.) fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters, at 14:41.35. Sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) was just out of the scoring in ninth place (14:51.56).
The Bobcats will send several athletes to be determined next week to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held at Grinnell College in Iowa.