EASTON, Mass. -- Bates shattered by more than 10 seconds the team 4x800 relay record it broke just a week beforehand and trimmed 7.05 seconds off of the meet record as well Saturday at the all-divisions Open New Englands at Stonehill College, providing the final highlight on another big performance for the Bobcats.
Bates scored 61 points, the fourth most among 37 point-scoring teams overall and the most among Division III teams. Division II Southern Connecticut State was first with 159, followed by Division II Stonehill with 66, Division I Northeastern with 62.5, Bates with 61 and Division I Boston College with 56 to round out the top five.
Senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.), sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished the 4x800 in a scorching 7:30.45, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Stonehill. The former meet record of 7:37.50 was set by Boston College in 2005. Bates' former team record of 7:41.10 was set at the New England Division III Championships one week ago.
LePage and McCauley also moved into second and third place, respectively, on Bates' all-time performance list in the 800 meters, as LePage finished fourth overall in 1:50.63 and McCauley was fifth in 1:50.90. Barron also ran a career-best 1:52.99, good for 12th place. Senior eight-time All-American David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) claimed first place in both the shot put (58-10.75) and the discus throw (163-3) on Saturday, a day after placing third in the hammer, for a combined 26 points. Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) was also tremendous, taking fourth place in the shot, at a career-best 54-2.5, and fifth in the discus, at 154-8.Other highlights from Saturday:
- Junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) placed sixth in the 1,500 meters, in a career-best 3:52.81. Stansel was 18th in 3:58.68.
- Bates took eighth place overall, third in Division III in the 4x100 relay. First-year Jia-Ahn Pan (Kuching, Malaysia), senior Tim Woods (Westfield, N.J.), junior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) finished in 42.43 seconds, to become the fourth-fastest team in team history, and the fastest since 2005.
- Senior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine), junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.), sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Spencer finished 10th in the 4x400 relay, at 3:18.69.
- First-year Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) placed 16th in the shot put, at 47-2.25.
- First-year Sam Reilly (Atlanta, Ga.) was 21st in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:00.47).
Bates also had some of its top distance runners competing at the venerable IC4A Championships on Friday at Princeton University.
Senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) set a personal record in the 10,000 meters, finishing ninth among 29 runners in the event in 30:55.47. Whitney's time, the second-fastest among Division III athletes, moves him into fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
Junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) and senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) both ran well in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with Martin placing 14th among 27 athletes in 9:07.10, and Wortham was 17th in a season-best 9:13.42.
Pless, Enos and junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) combined to score nine points on Friday. Pless and Enos placed third and seventh, respectively, in the hammer throw, at 189-9 for Pless and 178-1 for Enos. The duo ranked first and second among Division III athletes; Northeastern’s Max Milder won in 205-1.Wisener matched his career best from six days earlier at the New England Division III Championships, clearing the bar at 15-3.0 to placed eighth in the pole vault. Wisener is ranked third in team history in the event.Also competing on Friday:
- Junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) placed 10th in the 110 hurdles, in 15.19 seconds, third fastest among Division III athletes, and 10th in the 400 hurdles as well, at 54.59 seconds, seventh among Division III competitors.
- Hardison placed 12th in the 110 hurdles, in 15.19 seconds, and 13th in the long jump, with a top mark of 20-3.
- Senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) finished 14th in the javelin throw, with a top distance of 160-0.
- Levy placed 14th in the 200 meters, at 22.44, a hair ahead of UMass-Amherst’s Patrick Farnham. Spencer placed 19th in 22.58 seconds.
- Senior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) finished 21st in the 110 hurdles, in 15.80.
- Spofford recorded the 24th fastest time in the 100-meter dash, at 11.32 seconds.
Bates will compete at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships next weekend at Springfield College.