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Men's track wins nine events and team title at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates men's track and field team rolled to first place among four teams in Saturday's meet at Colby, winning nine events along the way.

Bates' 254 points easily outpaced second-place MIT (183), followed by Colby (113) and Southern Maine (98).

Junior four-time All-American David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) remains undefeated in his three throwing events this outdoor season. Today was highlighted by a personal record discus throw of 167-9, 16 feet and 5 inches beyond runner-up Chinedum Umachi of MIT, and vaulting Pless into second place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event, trailing only Nat Wheatley '91 (169-1). Pless also won the shot put (58-3.25) and the hammer (183-2).

Sophomore Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) was also a multiple-event winner, taking first place in both the 110-meter high hurdles (15.10 seconds) and the 400 hurdles (57.76).

Other top performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Bates swept the top three places in the 3,000 steeplechase, with junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) first in 9:18.01, followed by senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) in 9:40.68 and sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) third in 9:40.81.
  • Sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) won the 1,500 meters in 4:01.41, while first-year John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) was third among the 28 runners in 4:05.38.
  • Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished first among 29 competitors in the 800, in a time of 1:54.92 that was 0.99 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
  • First-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) finished second in his first collegiate 100-meter race in 10.98 seconds, moving into sixth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • First-year Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) took second place in the shot put with a career-best 51-2.25 effort, moving from 10th on Bates' all-time performance list into seventh place. Enos was also third in the discus (150-0) and fifth in the hammer (149-6).
  • Bates also swept the top three spots in the long jump, with first-year Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) winning in 19-11.5, senior Duncan Briggs (Arrowsic, Maine) second in 19-1.5 and sophomroe Chris Halsted (Lincoln, Mass.) third at 19-0.75.
  • Junior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) finished second in the javelin throw with a personal-best 179-9, moving from 10th to ninth place on Bates' all-time performance list.
  • Junior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) finished second in the 110 hurdles in 15.35.
  • Senior Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) took second place in the pole vault, at 14-7.25.

The Bobcats return to Colby next Saturday at 12pm for the Maine State Men's Outdoor Championships.


HARDISON MOVES UP DECATHLON LIST AT TUFTS: In Medford, Mass., on Sunday, Bates junior David Hardison moved into sixth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the decathlon on Sunday as the Tufts Decathlon concluded. Hardison scored 5,702 points for third place among seven competitors.

Hardison was second in the field in the 100-meter dash (11.61), the 400 meters (51.98) and the javelin throw (144-7).