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Pless breaks New England records in weight, shot

James LePage '13 wraps up his second straight New England 800-meter championship in style. Runner-up Brendan Corcoran of a Westfield State is at right. Photo by Tom Leonard '78.

LEWISTON, Maine -- MIT won its third team title in four years, taking away the throne from host Bates, at the 2013 New England Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships at Walter Slovenski Track on Saturday.

Bates senior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) stole the show, however, setting meet records in both the weight throw (64-7.75) and the shot put (59-9.5), after the two-time NCAA champion and six-time All-American pulled off the same feat at the 45th Maine State Championships on Feb. 2.

In the weight throw, Pless passed the former meet record of 63-7.5, set by Chinedum Umachi of MIT in 2012, while also surpassing Bates' team and facility records, both of which were represented by Lucas Adams' 64-2 effort in 2000.

Pless then claimed his third straight New England indoor title in the shot put and set the meet record in the process, topping out at 59-5.5, a whopping 17.5 inches beyond the former mark of 57-10 set by MIT's Uzoma Orji in 2006.

MIT scored 118.5 points to Bates' 94, flip-flopping the first- and second-place team finishes of a year ago, while Tufts came in a strong third with 92 points. Williams (59), Bridgewater State (52), Southern Maine (52), Worcester State (41), Bowdoin (34), Middlebury (24) and Coast Guard (24) rounded out the top 10 of the 22 scoring teams at the meet.

Meet records were also set in the distance medley relay by Bowdoin, and in three events that have only been contested since last season: the 60-meter dash (Dom Kone, Colby), the 60 hurdles (Adam Scalesse, Coast Guard) and the heptathlon (Michael Blair, Tufts).

Bates senior captain James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) repeated as the New England champion in the 800-meter run, with a career-best time of 1:53.23. Senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) took fourth place in 1:56.44.

Bates' other team points came from the following performances:

  • Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) had another outstanding meet, placing third in the shot put (53-3.75) and fourth in the weight throw (57-2).
  • Bates senior captain David Hardison's (South Portland, Maine) former team heptathlon record of 4,599 points, set earlier this season (the men's heptathlon replaced the men's pentathlon beginning with the 2011-12 indoor season), was surpassed by both Hardison and sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) as they took second and third places, respectively, in the event with 4,727 and 4,573 points. Hardison topped the field in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 7.35 seconds, and was second best in the 60 hurdles at 8.55 seconds. Wainman outran the field in the 1,000 meters, the heptathlon's final event, with a time of 2:45.35, and was second best in the high jump, at 6-2.75.
  • Junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) outkicked Middlebury's Anthony Lee by .65 seconds for second place in the 3,000 meters, in a time of 8:34.55, putting him in sixth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) claimed sixth place in 8:39.78.
  • Hardison competed in the 60 hurdles and made the finals with a preliminary time of 8.50, along with senior Anthony Haeuser (South Portland, Maine) and junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.). Haeuser finished fifth in the final at 8.49 seconds, followed by McKallagat in sixth (8.53) and Hardison in seventh at 8.57.
  • The Bobcats claimed third place in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:18.88, less than two seconds slower than the former meet record from 1983. Junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.), Barron, LePage and Stansel combined in the effort.
  • Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed sixth in the pole vault at 14-5.25.
  • Bates took sixth place in the 4x400 relay, with McKallagat, senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), Haeuser and junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) finishing in 3:26.65.
  • Sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) placed eighth in the mile in a time of 4:19.70.
  • First-year Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) placed eighth in the shot put at 46-7.5.

The Bobcats will compete at Open New Englands Feb. 22-23 at Boston University.

MEET RESULTS

Meet Records Broken:
60 Meters: Dom Kone, Colby, 6.82
60M Hurdles: Adam Scalesse, Coast Guard, 8.20 (prelims)
Distance Medley Relay: Bowdoin (Boeding, Gamache, Ellis, Horowitz), 10:12.46
Shot Put: David Pless, Bates, 59-9.5 (18.22m)
Weight Throw: David Pless, Bates, 64-7.75 (19.70m)
Heptathlon: Michael Blair, Tufts, 4,900 points

Facility Records Broken:
60 Meters: Dom Kone, Colby, 6.82
600 Meters: Jabulani Blyden, Williams, 1:20.27
Weight Throw: David Pless, Bates, 64-7.75 (19.70m)
Heptathlon: Michael Blair, Tufts, 4,900 points