Wisener, men's DMR take full advantage of Tufts Last Chance meet

John Wisener '14 soared to a Bates indoor record 15 feet and 9.25 inches in the pole vault at the Tufts Last Chance meet on March 6, 2014. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates men's track and field team made full use of the Tufts Last Chance meet on Thursday, with the Bobcat distance medley relay team likely clinching a berth in next week's NCAA Championships and senior pole vaulter John Wisener doing the same in record-setting fashion.

Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) cleared 15 feet, 9.25 inches in the pole vault, three inches beyond the former team standard of 15-6.25 set by Sam Goldstein in 2010. Wisener moved up from 29th in Division III this season into a tie for 12th with the effort. Fifteen pole vaulters are to be selected to compete at NCAAs.

Bates rose from the 10th ranked distance medley relay team in Division III to No. 7 on the list, with one weekend to go before NCAAs (12 DMR teams qualify.) 

Bates' time, 9:59.28, the fastest of the 10 teams at the non-scoring meet, translates to 9:51.25 on a banked track -- faster even than the quartet's team record-breaking time of 9:53.45, run Feb. 7 on the banked track at Boston University.

Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) led off in the 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) in the 400, junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) in the 800 and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) in the 1,600.

Bates stays in the Boston area for the two-day ECAC Division III Championships, beginning Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center.