WATERVILLE, Maine -- What a start to the New England Division III Outdoor Championships for the Bates men's track and field team. In the second day of limited action at the meet, the majority of which takes place at Colby tomorrow, Bates won three event titles and scored a whopping 42 points.
Senior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) became the first Bates man to throw the hammer over 200 feet, winning his second straight NED3 title in the event with a top mark of 201-11. Former teammate Chris Murtagh '11 set the former record of 197-2 in 2011. Pless won the event last year with a mark of He easily beat his winning toss of 187-9 last year. Springfield's John Dayton was runner-up with a toss of 185-05.
Fellow senior captain David Hardison (South Portland, Maine) concluded Day 2 of the decathlon with the New England title, scoring 6,308 points to hold off Coast Guard's Clay Kosack (6,167) and Worcester State's Jason Sliwoski (6,068). Hardison finished fourth in the event a year ago. He topped the 10-man field in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 15.83, and was third in the discus throw (111-9).
Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) won the 10,000-meter run by about four seconds in 31 minutes, 20.92 seconds. MIT's Roy Wedge took second in 31:24.53.
Bates leads the field with 42 points, 30 of which came from those three event wins. Other point scorers for the Bobcats on Friday comprised:
- Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) finished fourth in the hammer, also recording a new personal best at 175-5.
- Sophomore Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished fourth in the decathlon, with 5,904 points. Wainman finished second only to Hardison in the 110-meter hurdles, at 16.19, and was fourth in the 1,500 meters, at 4:31.69.
MIT stands in second place entering the last day of the meet, 23 points behind Bates with 19.