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Men's track and field second only to Div. I Black Bears

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's track and field team claimed second place only to the University of Maine at Saturday's six-team Bates Invitationa, winning three events along the way.

The Division I Black Bears scored 239.5 points, followed by the Bobcats with 193. Southern Maine was third with 120.5, followed by Colby with 86, St. Joseph's with 16. Bowdoin scored three points, participating only in Friday's heptathlon portion.

Senior six-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) heaved the shot put 59 feet and 5.5 inches to claim first, and threw the weight 63-6.25 to sweep the throwing events. Sophomore teammate Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) was second in both events, going 56-11.5 in the weight and 55-2.25 in the shot.

Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the pole vault, topping out at 14-1.25, for Bates' other event win.

Other top three and notable performances included:

  • Senior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) took second place in Friday's heptathlon, scoring 4,599 points.
  • Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) came in second in the 5,000, at 15:36.75.
  • Senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) and sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) finished first and second, respectively, in the 600 meters at 1:21.75 and 1:23.96.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) ran a 7.06-second 60-meter dash in the finals of the event for second place, .05 seconds behind Maine's Frank Del Duca. Spofford was also fourth in the long jump (20-10.5).
  • Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finished second in the 3,000 meters, in 8:40.86, 5.06 seconds behind Maine's Kelton Cullenberg.
  • Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and first-year Greg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.) were 2-3 in the 1,000, at 2:36.06 and 2:38.06.
  • Senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) placed third in the 800, at 1:59.64.
  • Senior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) and junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) were 3-4 in the 60-meter hurdles, at 8.57 and 8.66.
  • Seniors Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) and Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) were 3-4 in the mile, at 4:27.63 and 4:32.31.
  • First-year Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) placed third in the weight throw, at 46-8, making it a 1-2-3 sweep for the Bobcats in that event.

Bates competes next weekend in the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday, and at the USM Invitational on Saturday.

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