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Pless named Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet for Div. 3 nationals

NEW ORLEANS -- As if winning a second straight national championship in the shot put and two All-America honors weren't enough, Bates junior David Pless has gained added distinction weeks after the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, by being named Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The USTFCCCA's Outstanding Performers of the Meet awards are given to the two student-athletes (one for track events and one for field events) per gender who compile the highest score at the Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships based on the established USTFCCCA Division III point system.

Under this point system, the total number of points a student-athlete earns is a sum of the following: number of points scored in meet, set meet record (5 additional points), set season's best (3 additional points), set facility record (1 additional point). Pless met all of those criteria while winning the shot put and finishing fifth in the weight throw at nationals.