BOSTON -- Bates senior James LePage broke the oldest record in the men's track and field team's history on Friday night at Open New Englands at Boston University, running 800 meters in 1:51.59 to eclipse the former team mark of 1:51.74 set in 1930 by Russell "Ossie" Chapman '31.
LePage (Cumberland, Maine) posted a time of 1:51.59 on BU's banked track, second only to the University of Connecticut's Alvaro Chavez among 30 runners, to advance to Saturday's 800-meter final.
Other Friday highlights from the meet for the Bobcats:
- Junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) placed sixth overall and third among Division III runners in the 5,000 meters, in a time of 14:42.89. Senior Ken Whitney was 18th in 15:06.46.
- Bates ran a season-best 9:55.83 in the distance medley relay, good for sixth place among 24 teams and second in Division III to fifth-place Middlebury (9:55.27). It was the third-fastest DMR time in team history.
- Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for eighth place in the pole vault, at 14-11.0.
- Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) finished 18th in the weight throw, third in Division III, at 53-7.
LePage entered the weekend ranked third in all of Division III in the 800, based on last weekend's New England Division III championship time of 1:53.23, which was his second consecutive NED3 indoor title at that distance. He now holds Bates' indoor records in the 600, 800 and 1,000.
Chapman is the namesake of an endowed award given to record-breaking performances by Bates men's track and field team members. In another coincidence, the Bates women's team's 800-meter record was also set Friday, by senior Elizabeth "Bud" Arens.