MEDFORD, Mass. -- Host Tufts University didn't allow the Bates men's track and field team to repeat as NESCAC champions, but the Bobcats neverthelesss had an outstanding meet, winning six events en route to a second-place finish Saturday at the NESCAC Track & Field Championships. Bates has finished among the top two for three straight years, and among the top three teams for seven straight NESCAC championship meets.
"A great meet for us -- I think six event champions is the best we have ever done," said head coach Al Fereshetian. "Tufts was amazing. Two-hundred-plus points in this meet is unheard of. Usually 150 will win."
Bates scored 166 points to Tufts' 213, while Middlebury took third place with 140. Williams (108) and Bowdoin (57) rounded out the top five.
Bates senior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) remained undefeated against Division III competition in winning the shot put (60-0.5), discus throw (164-9) and hammer throw (190-8) titles for the second year in a row, giving him seven NESCAC titles for his career. Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) also scored big points in the same events, placing second in the shot put (51-11), second in the discus (149-2) and fourth in the hammer (161-9).
Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) edged Tufts' Mitchell Black by .08 to win the 800-meter run in 1:52.15, while seniors Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) and James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) took fourth and seventh in the event, respectively, at 1:53.52 and 1:53.77. Barron's time moved him into fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list.
Bates also scored big wins in the distance running events, with junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) and senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) winning the 5,000 meters, the 10,000 meters and the 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Whitney outkicked Wade Davis of Williams in the 10K, 31:06.32 to 31:09.16, and Hannan claimed his first NESCAC title at 14:36.32 in the 5,000, edging Wesleyan's Bryan Marsh by .80 seconds.
Other big highlights for Bates included:
- Junior Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) broke his personal best by seven seconds in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing fourth in 9:13.42 and moving up to fourth on Bates' all-time list. Martin's time should put him near the top 10 in the country. Senior Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) finished eighth in 9:35.56, moving to ninth on Bates' all-time list.
- Senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) placed second in the javelin, at 181-0.
- Junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles, in 54.86 seconds, after leading three Bobcat scorers in the 110 hurdles, placing fourth in 15.02 while seniors David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) and Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) were fifth and seventh in 15.20 and 15.32, respectively. Hardison was also seventh in the 400 hurdles (56.30).
- Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) took third place in the pole vault, in 14-1.25.
- Sophomore Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) placed fourth in the 100-meter dash, in 11.13, just .005 behind third-place Vinnie Lee of Tufts.
- Junior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.) placed fifth in the 200, with a lifetime best time of 22.28 seconds, lifting him into seventh place on Bates' all-time performance list. Spencer also finished seventh in the 400 (50.11).
- Barron pulled an impressive double-turn in the 800 and the 1,500, taking fourth place in the latter in a personal-best 3:55.21.
- Bates placed third in the distance medley relay (10:12.27), fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:21.60) and fifth in the 4x100 relay (42.82).
Bates competes in the New England Division III Championships next weekend at Colby.