NEW ORLEANS -- The Bates men's track and field team raked in three postseason awards Wednesday from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association: New England Track Athlete, Field Athlete and Assistant Coach of the Year going to senior James LePage, senior David Pless and assistant coach Todd Goewey, respectively.
LePage, a senior from Cumberland, Maine, enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 7 seed at 800 meters (1:53.19) and as a member of the fourth-ranked distance medley rela team (9:58.30), though he will cede his spot in the DMR in order to compete optimally in the 800. He is the Bates record holder at 600, 800 and 1,000 meters, having broken Ossie Chapman's 83-year-old team record in the 800 this season. LePage helped lead the Bobcats to a State of Maine title and a runner-up showing at the New England DIII Championships, where he won his second consecutive 800-meter title.
A senior from Atlanta, Ga., Pless receives his second straight New England Field Athlete of the Year honor. The six-time All-American and two-time NCAA champ is undefeated in this indoor season against DIII competition in the shot put (61-¼/18.60m) and weight throw (65-11½/20.10m), events in which he will compete at the NCAA Championships as the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respectively. He broke the Bates, State of Maine and New England DIII records in the shot put and weight throw. Pless helped lead the team to the State of Maine Championship and New England DIII team runner-up finishes.
Goewey, who coaches middle-distance runners on both the Bates men's and women's track and field teams, receives the Men's Assistant Coach of the Year honors just as the Bobcats have many athletes from his event group ready to compete at the NCAA Championship, including LePage and the distance medley relay squad -- junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.), junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.), sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) and senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.). The Bates women's team's representative at NCAAs, senior Elizabeth Arens (Weymouth, Mass.), also runs the 800 under Goewey's tutelage.