CLAREMONT, Calif. -- While preparing for his three events at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which begin today, Bates junior David Pless fielded an interview from his hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for a story that was published today.
Pless is also one of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in the May 28 issue. Coincidentally, another Bates throwing great, 16-time All-American Keelin Godsey, is featured in the same issue of SI, as one of the subjects of "The Transgender Athlete," a feature story by Pablo S. Torre and David Epstein.
Ken Sugiura's story in the Journal-Constitution follows Pless's path from not making the baseball team in eighth grade to the student-athlete he is today: a hopeful for competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials. While his marks would rank favorably at the Division I level, too, Pless told Sugiura, "The situation I have at Bates is perfect."
Also on Wednesday, Pless received U.S. Track & Field's New England Region Field Athlete of the Year award, after capturing the same honor for the indoor season.
Pless is Bates' first "Face in the Crowd" since Will Boe-Wiegaard '06 appeared there in 2006, after winning the NCAA Division III singles championship. Other former Bobcats who have appeared in the venerable feature include former NCAA shot put champion Liz Wanless '04.
The four-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion's other honors received this year include Bates' Male Athlete of the Year, the Sebasteanski Award as the most outstanding performer at the NESCAC Championships, the Tootel Award for most outstanding field athlete at the Maine state championships, and from the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, the Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet award from the USTFCCCA.
Pless competes in the discus throw today at 5:10pm Pacific time, then the hammer throw on Friday at 2:05pm, and finally the shot put on Saturday at 4:05pm.