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Men's track nearly tops Maine, UNH in outdoor opener

ORONO, Maine -- The Bates men's track and field team opened its outdoor season with the closest three-team meet one could hope to find on Saturday at the University of Maine, winning nine events in the process. The host Black Bears scored 140 team points, followed by fellow Division I team New Hampshire with 138 and Bates in third with 137.

Senior eight-time All-American David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) led the Bobcats with wins in all three of his events. Pless won the hammer throw in 182-2 (by a margin of more than 18 feet), the shot put in 54-2.5 (by a margin of 13.5 inches) and the discus in 161-2, by a margin of 14-1.

Senior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) was the winner among six competitors in the decathlon, which began on Friday, with a career-high 6,362 points, improving his standing as No. 3 on Bates' all-time performance list. Sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) moved to seventh place on the same list with his third-place mark of 5,846.

Bates' other event wins included:

  • Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the pole vault competition at 14-9.
  • Senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) won the javelin throw at 178-10.
  • Juniro Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.44 seconds.
  • Junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) won the 400-meter dash in 50.61 seconds.
  • Bates edged New Hampshire by .12 seconds for first place in the 4x400 relay, with McKallagat, junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine), senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.) and Levy finishing in 3:24.82.

Bates' other top-three performances included:

  • Junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) took second place in the 1,500 meters, at 4:03.30.
  • Junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) and senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) were second and third, respectively, in the 5,000 meters, at 15:08.01 and 15:11.37.
  • Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) placed second in the hammer (163-11), and was also fourth in the shot (50-8).
  • The 4x400 relay team of first-year Keyan Riddell (Concord, N.H.), senior Tim Woods (Westfield, N.J.), first-year Jia-Ahn Pan (Kuching, Malaysia) and sophomore Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) took second in a competitive 4x100 relay race, with UNH winning in 43.93 and Maine third at 44.35.
  • Senior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) came in third in the 110 hurdles (15.59).

Bates is slated to have athletes compete this weekend at both the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton this Friday and Saturday, and at a large meet at Fitchburg State this Saturday at 11am.