Throwers, McKallagat, Wisener head men's track at Tufts

Sean Enos '15 led large field in both the weight throw and shot put at the Tufts Cupid Challenge on Feb. 15, 2014. (File photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Senior captain Jarret McKallagat set a Bates record in the 60-meter hurdles and junior captain Sean Enos was first in both the shot put and weight throw, among many standout performances at the Tufts Cupid Challenge for the Bobcats men's indoor track and field team on Saturday.

McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) finished in 8.44 seconds in his preliminary heat, the fourth-fastest prelim time among 33 competitors, to make the finals. There he finished fourth in 8.54. The 8.44 slices 0.02 seconds off of the team record of 8.46 set by Anthony Haeuser in 2012. The event is in its fourth year replacing the 55-meter hurdles at most meets. McKallagat's previous personal-best time was 8.47, and he now ranks 34th in Division III in the event.

Fellow senior captain John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) also notched a personal best in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet and 3 inches to pass Paul Slovenski and move into third place on Bates' all-time performance list. Wisener's previous best height was 14-11. Wisener now ranks 17th in Division III in the event.

Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) was first among 42 competitors in the shot put with a top effort of 56-6.5. Sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) was third with a personal record of 51-4.5, and sophomore Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) also PR'd, placing fourth at 49-9.25. Enos remains first in Division III rankings in the event, while Pandora rockets up to 24th and Margitza stands 46th. Pandora also moved into ninth place on Bates' all-time list in the event.

Enos was also first in the weight throw, topping out at 61-5.75. Pandora was sixth at 49-10 and Margitza was 15th at 44-4.25.

Senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) was third-fastest among 39 individuals in the 400 meters, at 51.05 seconds.

Bates' quartet of junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), Levy, junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) placed fourth out of 12 teams in a solid time of 10:02.13, not enough to supplant the squad's top time this season.

Bates competes at the New England Division III Indoor Championships next weekend, Feb. 21-22, at Springfield College.