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Men's track wins 11th State of Maine title in 12 years

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College won the 114th edition of the Maine State Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship for the fourth straight year, and for the 11th time in the past 12 years, outscoring runner-up Bowdoin by 84 points on Saturday at Russell Street Track.

David Pless won all three of his events for the second straight year. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

David Pless won all three of his events for the second straight year. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Ben Levy '14 (right) hands off to Isaiah Spofford '15 en route to Bates' second-place finish in the 4x100 relay. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Ben Levy '14 (right) hands off to Isaiah Spofford '15 en route to Bates' second-place finish in the 4x100 relay. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Andrew Wortham '13 won the 3,000 steeplechase in a season-best time. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Andrew Wortham '13 won the 3,000 steeplechase in a season-best time. Photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Bates won nine of 20 events en route to 263 points. Bowdoin was second with 177, followed by Southern Maine (96), Colby (69) and St. Joseph's (5). No meet or facility records were broken on the day.

Bates senior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) placed first in the shot put (55-6.5), hammer throw (193-10) and discus throw (167-7) to claim his second straight Tootel Award as most valuable field athlete.

Other event-winning performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) claimed the top two places in the 800 meters, at 1:54.71 and 1:54.84, respectively.
  • Senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) won the javelin throw at 176-7.
  • Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:20.28.
  • Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) won the 10,000 meters in 32:18.45.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) won the 100 meters in 11.18 seconds.
  • Junior Jarret McKallgat (Atkinson, N.H.) won the 400 hurdles in 55.46 seconds, while senior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) came in third (57.12).

Other top-three performances by Bates included:

  • The Bobcats took second place in the 4x100 relay, in 43.45 seconds.
  • Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) took second place in the hammer (158-10), shot put (50-1.25) and discus (160-6).
  • Junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) finished second in the 400 meters, at 50.27.
  • Junior Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.), senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) and junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) were 2-3-4 in the 5,000 meters, at 14:49.10, 14:50.08 and 15:05.22, respectively.
  • Senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) and sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) finished 2-3 in the 1,500 meters, at 3:59.04 and 4:03.05, trailing only Bowdoin's Coby Horowitz (3:58.01).
  • McKallagat, Hardison and senior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) finished 2-3-4 in the 110 hurdles, at 14.95, 15.15 and 15.69, respectively. McKallagat's time was a career best.
  • Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) came in second in the pole vault (14-9).
  • Senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.) took third place in the 200 (23.00).
  • Sophomore Jeff Hill (Barrington, R.I.) placed third in the javelin (157-1).
  • Sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) came in third in the long jump (20-10).

Bates defends its 2012 conference title at the NESCAC Championship next Saturday at Tufts.

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