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Men's track off to big start at ECAC Championships

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Senior David Pless won the hammer throw as the Bates men's track and field team scored a hearty 25 points on the first day of the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships Friday at Springfield College.

With the majority of the meet to take place Saturday, Bates, the 2012 ECAC champions, stands in third place.

Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) launched the hammer 197 feet flat, the second-best effort of his career, to remain undefeated against Division III competition this season. Pless will compete in the shot put and discus throw on Saturday. Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) placed seventh in the hammer with a career-best effort of 180-2.

Junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) finished his preliminary heat in the 110-meter high hurdles in a career-best 14.82 seconds, just .01 seconds off of Adam Macbeth's team record set in 2005. McKallagat earned the eighth and final spot in Saturday's final with his performance.

Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) placed third in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 14:57.40. Senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) finished 10th in 15:23.87.

Bates placed fifth in the 4x400 relay, as senior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine), junior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) and junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) finished in 3:18.13, just .05 behind fourth-place Rowan.

Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) took sixth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, in 9:36.75. Senior Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) finished 13th in 9:54.35.

Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for 12th in the pole vault, at 14-9.5.

Hardison placed 15th in the 110 hurdles, in 15.09.

MEET RESULTS