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Pless breaks team shot put record at MIT Quad meet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates senior David Pless won three events and broke his own team record in the outdoor shot put, as the Bobcat men's track and field team put on an impressive performance at the MIT Quad meet on Saturday.

The Bobcats scored 233 points, 8.5 shy of team scoring leader MIT (242.5). Southern Maine (115.5) and Colby (85) rounded out the field.

Pless's (Atlanta, Ga.) second effort in the finals round of the shot put landed 18.34 meters away, or 60 feet and 2 inches. The eight-time All-American's previous outdoor best, which also represented Bates' team record, was 58-10.25, launched in 2011.

Pless also won the discus throw, at 166-11, and the hammer, at 189-2.

Bates put on a dominating performance in the 1,500-meter run, sweeping the first five spots, led by junior Noah Graboys' (Glencoe, Ill.) winning and personal-record time of 3:54.17, which improved his standing at No. 2 on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Junior Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) finished second in 3:54.86, putting him fifth on Bates' all-time list, followed by junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) in 3:55.47, sixth all-time at Bates. Senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) came in fourth in 3:56.95 and sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) was fifth in 3:57.94.

Other winning or top-three performances by Bates included:

  • Sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) won the long jump in a personal record of 21-9, rocketing him into fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • Junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) finished second in the 400 hurdles in 55.13 seconds, moving him into second place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Senior David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) claimed third in a personal-best 56.08, which makes him fifth in team history. McKallagat and Hardison also finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 110-meter high hurdles, at a career-best 15.07 for McKallagat and 15.58 for the multi-event specialist Hardison.
  • Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:23.89, more than 20 seconds faster than the runner-up.
  • Senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.) won the javelin throw in 171-10.
  • Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) finished second in the shot put at 53-0, second in the discus (159-3) and second in the hammer (162-9).
  • Sophomore Isaiah Spofford (Waterville, Maine) came in second in the 100 meters, at 11.35.
  • Junior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) came in third in the 200 (22.48).
  • Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed third in the pole vault, at 14-7.25.
  • Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 800, only a hundredth of a second apart at 1:55.74 and 1:55.75. McCauley is fourth on Bates' all-time performance list in the event, while Barron moves up from ninth to seventh.

Bates will host the Maine State Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the second time in three years on Saturday.