CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The No. 20 nationally ranked Bates men's track and field team opened the 2012 indoor season with a solid second-place finish at the three-team MIT Invitational on Saturday. The host and 10th-ranked Engineers scored 199 points, followed by Bates with 116 and Colby with 64.
Junior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), the defending NCAA indoor champion in the shot put, had an impressive top effort of 55-3 to win the shot, only 15 inches shy of his own school-record performance at the 2011 indoor national championship. Pless also took second place in the weight throw, at 56-8.
Other winning and top-three performances from the Bobcats included:
- Sophomore Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) won the 55 hurdles in 8.08 seconds
- Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) won the 1000 meters in 2:31.24.
- Sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) won the 3000 meters in 8:48.44.
- First-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) claimed second place in the long jump (20-1), second place in the triple jump (41-2.5) and third place in the 55 meters, in 6.68 seconds.
- First-year Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) took second place in the high jump (6-2) and third in the long jump (19-6.25).
- First-year Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) had an outstanding college debut with a second-place distance of 50-2.75 in the shot put.
- Junior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) finished second in the 800 meters in 1:58.73 and also came in second in the mile, in 4:24.92.
- First-year Christian Sampson (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) placed second in the 5000 meters, at 15:37.05.
- Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed third in the pole vault, in 13-5.25.
The Bobcats will host the Bates Pentathlon on Friday at 3pm, followed on Saturday by the Bates Invitational, which will include Division I Maine, Colby and Southern Maine, among other teams.