NEW ORLEANS -- The Bates men’s track and field team took home two postseason awards Wednesday from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, with New England Field Athlete and Assistant Coach of the Year awards going to senior David Pless and assistant coach Todd Goewey, respectively, for the second straight season.
Both Pless and Goewey won the same awards for the indoor season this year, and for Pless, it is his third straight such honor, having received the same recognition one year ago.
Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), an eight-time All-American and three-time national champion, is undefeated in this outdoor season against DIII competition in the shot put, discus and hammer, all of which he will compete in this week in La Crosse, Wis., at his final NCAA Championship meet. He is the top seed in the shot put, second in the hammer and fifth in the discus, and has set Bates team records in all three events this season. No Division III athlete has defeated Pless, outside of NCAA Championship competition, since his sophomore year.
Goewey, in his 16th year coaching distance runners at Bates, is Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in New England for the second time. The Bobcats have a team-record seven athletes participating in this week's NCAA Championship meet, four of whom are coached by Goewey: senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) in the 1,500, senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) and junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) in the 800, and junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He also coaches the Bates women's team's lone entry at this week's championship, junior steeplechaser Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.). Goewey's crew claimed New England Division III titles in the 10,000 meters, steeplechase and 4x800 relay as the Bobcats won their first NED3 outdoor team title earlier this month.