PRINCETON, N.J. and FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Senior David Pless defeated 13 other competitors, including 10 Division I athletes, in the shot put, with a winning mark of 56-9.25 to highlight the Bates men's track and field team's first excursion to the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University on Saturday.
Meanwhile the bulk of the team competed at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational at Fitchburg State University, where Bates placed second among 11 collegiate teams.
Highlights from Fitchburg included:
- Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was the second collegian in the 5,000 meters, at 15:19.65.
- Junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) was the second collegian in the 200 meters, at 23.44 seconds.
- First-year Stephen Sipprelle (Princeton, N.J.) and Bryant Perkins (Sanford, Maine) were 2-3 in the 10,000, at 33:38.38 and 33:52.10, respectively.
- Bates took places 2 through 5 in the 110-meter hurdles, led by junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) in second at 16.33. McKallagat went on to place third in the 400 hurdles, in 56.44.
- First-year Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) placed third in the shot put, at 45-4.5, and third in the discus, at 126-7.
- Senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) was second in the javelin throw, at 177-2.
Bates scored 125.5 points, second behind Colby (171.5). Keene State was third (96), followed by Southern Maine (83) and Colby-Sawyer (61.5).
Other highlights in Princeton included:
- Pless's sophomore teammate Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) came in fifth in the shot put at 51-11. The Bobcat dynamic duo moved on to the discus throw, where Pless finished second in 166-1 and Enos came in seventh at 156-11.
- Senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished the 800 meters in 1:52.87 and junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) finished in 1:54.39, taking seventh and 14th among collegians.
- In the "Division 2" 1,500-meter run, junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) placed third in 3:56.08, followed by senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) in 3:56.47, with sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) making eighth place in 3:59.78.
In Friday's events at the Howell Invitational:
- Pless took fifth place among 12 athletes overall, fourth among collegians, in the hammer throw, at 187-1. Enos took eighth place at 167-3.
- Junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) placed eighth out of 27 competitors, fourth in Division III, in the 3,000 steeplechase, with a time of 9:20.99. Senior Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) was 16th in 9:38.05.
- Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) placed 20th among 64 competitors, 15th among collegians, in the 5,000 meters, in 14:37.34.
- Senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) finished first in the "Division 2" 10,000-meter run, in 31:11.63.
Teams with athletes competing at Princeton included: Adelphi, Bates, Binghamton, Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Buffalo, Columbia, Connecticut College, Cornell, Cortland, Dartmouth, Georgian Court, Gwynedd-Mercy, Harvard, Haverford, Iona, Ithaca, Kent State, Kutztown, La Salle, Lincoln (Pa.), Marietta, Middlebury, Monmouth, Monroe College, Moravian, NJIT, Penn, Plattsburgh, Rhode Island, Rider, Rowan, Rutgers, Rutgers-Camden, Sacred Heart, S. Connecticut State, St. John’s, St. Peter’s, Swarthmore, Syracuse, TCNJ, Tufts, UMass-Lowell, Vassar, Villanova, Wesleyan, Widener, Yale, York (Pa.). In addition, more than 25 track & field clubs have athletes competing.