BOSTON -- The No. 7 nationally ranked Bates men's track and field team scored points in the shot put, hepthathlon and 800 meters on Saturday to finish ninth among 32 point-scoring teams at the all-divisions Open New England Championships, and first among Division III teams.
Bates scored 30.5 points at the meet, trailing only seven Division I teams and one Division II squad. Bowdoin was next among DIII competition, in 14th place with 16 points.
Senior six-time All-American David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) captured his first all-divisions New England title in the shot put with a top effort of 58-10, out-throwing a field of 24 competitors, only six of whom were from Division III schools. Bates had half of the DIII athletes in the event, as sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) placed fifth overall, second in DIII, at 54-11.25, while first-year Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) placed 14th at 47-6.25.
Bates also received six more team points from its two athletes in the heptathlon. Senior captain David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) scored 4,761 points to finish fifth among 12 heptathletes, including only three from DIII. It is the third time this season in as many tries that Hardison has broken his own team record in the event -- last week at the New England Division III championships at Bates, he placed second with a then-record 4,727 points. Sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) also recorded his third personal record in as many tries this season, placing seventh with 4,636 points. Hardison had the second-fastest time in the field in the 60-meter hurdles, at 8.66 seconds; Wainman was second in the 1,000 meters (2:39.94), and third in the field in the long jump (20-11.75)
Other Bates highlights from Saturday:
- Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) placed 11th in the mile in a personal-best time of 4:10.09, catapulting him onto Bates' all-time performance list in the event in second place, behind only Paul Hammond's record 4:08.84 from 1982. Sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) took 30th place in 4:27.03.
- A day after breaking Ossie Chapman's 83-year-old indoor 800-meter record, senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) ran the second-fastest time of his career in Saturday's final, at 1:52.81, good for fifth place.
- Senior Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) placed 20th in the 3,000, in 8:42.21.
- Bates placed 20th out of 26 teams in the 4x400 relay, at 3:21.21, and 18th in the 4x800 relay, at 7:56.88.
LePage broke the oldest record in the men’s track and field team’s history on Friday night at Open New Englands at Boston University, running 800 meters in 1:51.59 to eclipse the former team mark of 1:51.74 set in 1930 by Russell “Ossie” Chapman ’31.
LePage (Cumberland, Maine) posted a time of 1:51.59 on BU’s banked track, second only to the University of Connecticut’s Alvaro Chavez among 30 runners, to advance to Saturday’s 800-meter final.
Other Friday highlights from the meet for the Bobcats:
- Junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) placed sixth overall and third among Division III runners in the 5,000 meters, in a time of 14:42.89. Senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) was 18th in 15:06.46.
- Bates ran a season-best 9:55.83 in the distance medley relay, good for sixth place among 24 teams and second in Division III to fifth-place Middlebury (9:55.27). It was the third-fastest DMR time in team history.
- Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for eighth place in the pole vault, at 14-11.0.
- Enos finished 18th in the weight throw, third in Division III, at 53-7.
LePage entered the weekend ranked third in all of Division III in the 800, based on last weekend’s New England Division III championship time of 1:53.23, which was his second consecutive NED3 indoor title at that distance. He now holds Bates’ indoor records in the 600, 800 and 1,000.
Chapman is the namesake of an endowed award given to record-breaking performances by Bates men’s track and field team members. In another coincidence, the Bates women’s team’s 800-meter record was also set Friday, by senior Elizabeth “Bud” Arens.