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Pless leads Bates men to third place at New Englands

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates junior David Pless remained undefeated against Division III competition in the shot put, hammer throw and discus throw, leading the Bobcats to third place among 27 point-scoring teams Saturday at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships at MIT.

Pless's top effort in the hammer throw was 187-9, 20 inches beyond runner-up Chinedum Umachi of MIT. He won the shot put at 57-7.75.

Enos placed second in the shot put with a new career-best, 53-5.75; he also finished seventh in the hammer (162-9).

Sophomore Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) won the New England title in the 110-meter high hurdles, at 15.10 seconds, while junior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) was fifth in 15.32.

Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) placed second out of 28 runners in the 5,000, with a time of 14:38.56. Junior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) was 10th in 14:54.92.

Bates finished second in the 4x800 relay to rival Bowdoin, 7:42.08 to 7:43.25, Bates' second-fastest 4x800 ever run. Junior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) led off for the Bobcats, followed by first-year John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), senior Peter Corcoran (Stillwater, Minn.) and sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.).

Other highlights, including All-New England (top eight) performances for the Bobcats:

  • Junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:03.87, moving him into third place on Bates' all-time performance list. Senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) was 11th in 9:40.83.
  • Senior Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) tied for fourth place in the pole vault, topping out at 14-11. Sophomore John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) was ninth in 13-11.25.
  • First-year Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) was fifth in the 200 meters, at 22.43 seconds.
  • Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) was sixth in the 800 meters, at 1:52.72.
  • Graboys was 13th in the 1,500, at 3:57.69.



David Pless, fresh off being named the Most Outstanding Men’s Performer at the NESCAC Championships, won the discus throw with a top effort of 160 feet even. Enos, the recently named NESCAC Rookie of the Year, hit a top distance of 154-5 for third place.

Junior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) moved past two competitors after the first day and finished fourth in the decathlon, with a final career-best score of 5,880 points. Hardison’s 400-meter time of 51.89 seconds, in the fifth and final event of the first day, was second-best in the field of 12 athletes; his impressive second day included third in the 110 hurdles (15.88), fourth place in the discus (108-4), third in the pole vault (10-10), third in the javelin (151-04) and fourth in the 1,500, with a time of 4:51.52.

Junior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) finished ninth in the javelin throw, just out of the scoring, with a top effort of 171-10.