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Pless breaks own shot put record at Bates Invitational

LEWISTON, Maine -- Reigning NCAA indoor shot put champion David Pless broke his own school record with an effort of 56-10, leading the Bates men's track and field team to second place out of seven teams, behind only Division I Maine, on Saturday at Merrill Indoor Gymnasium.

The Black Bears of Maine won the team scoring with 275 points, followed by Bates with 204, Southern Maine with 106, Colby with 58, Lasell with 29, Gordon with 11 and St. Joseph's (Me.) in seventh place with five.

Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) had a top effort of 17.32 meters, or 56 feet and 10 inches, surpassing by four inches the Bates record he set in winning the NCAA title last March. The Bates junior also won the weight throw with a personal-record distance of 58-2.

First-year Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) also had an outstanding meet in the throwing circle, taking second place in the shot put at 50-9.5 and fourth place in the weight throw at 48-1.25.

Junior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55 seconds, while sophomore Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) finished third in 8.78. Haeuser also finished third in the high jump, at 5-11.25.

The Bobcats took the first two spots in the pole vault, with senior Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) winning at 15-1 and first-year John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) the runner-up at 13-5.25.

Other top-three performances by Bates included:

  • First-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) took second place in the 60 meters at 7.20 seconds, after qualifying for finals with a prelim time of 7.18. Spofford also took third place in the 200 meters, at 23.34 seconds.
  • Sophomore Noah Graboys (Wilmette, Ill.) surged in the final straightaway to claim second place in the mile at 4:24.78, less than a second behind Maine's Alexander Moser.
  • Junior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.) finished third in the 400, at 55.30 seconds.
  • Senior Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) placed third in the 800 in 2:00.08, .25 ahead of first-year John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.).
  • Junior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) placed third in the 1,000 meters, in 2:35.93.
  • Junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was the third collegiate runner in the 3,000 meters, at 8:59.64.
  • Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) took third place in the 5,000, at 16:11.31.
  • Bates was second to Maine in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. The 4x400 team of Corcoran, Stansel, Barron and junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished in 3:28.52, just .06 behind the Black Bears. The 4x800 team of sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.), Graboys, senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Festus Yangani (Kaptagat, Kenya) timed in at 8:28.21.

Bates competes at the USM Invitational next Saturday.