Men's track places first out of 62 teams at ECAC Championships

Bates won its fifth ECAC track and field team championship in the past three years on March 8, 2014 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. (Courtesy ECAC)

BOSTON -- Junior Sean Enos won his second ECAC crown in as many days, junior Eric Wainman placed second and set the team record in the heptathlon, and senior Noah Graboys won the 3,000-meter run, leading the Bates men's track and field team to first place among 62 teams at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center. 

Combining indoor and outdoor track, it is Bates' fifth ECAC title since 2011. It is Bates' second ECAC indoor team title in the past three years, having not competed at the meet in 2013 but won in 2012. The Bobcats have also won the past three ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships.

With 47 points, Bates outdistanced runner-up Widener (42) by five points. Oneonta State and Worcester State scored 41 each and Moravia rounded out the top five with 36.5.

Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) heaved the 35-pound weight 60 feet and 11 inches in the event finals, passing runner-up J.D. Roth of Oneonta State by 13 centimeters for first place, a day after also winning the shot put.

Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored a career-best 4,927 points in the heptathlon, breaking the former team record of of 4,727 set last year by David Hardison. Wainman was second in the final event, the 1,000 meters, in 2:43.06, and was also second on the first event of the day, the 60 hurdles, in 8.55 seconds. His score would move him from 24th place in Division III rankings to 12th at the beginning of the day and will likely propel Wainman into his first NCAA Championship this week.

Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) finished the 3,000 in 8:27.87, more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Dan Crowley of Amherst, claiming Bates' third individual title of the meet.

Bates also scored with top-eight performances in two other events on Saturday.

Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) won his heat and placed third in the 1,000 meters in 2:30.79, scoring six points.

The Bobcats placed sixth in the 4x400 relay, with a time of 3:21.89. Senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.), senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), first-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) and senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) combined in the All-ECAC effort.

The Bobcats are set to bring a host of athletes to NCAAs, which take place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln March 13-15.

Friday Recap

Enos placed first in the shot put on Friday with a top effort of 17.12 meters, or 56 feet and 2 inches, 48 centimeters past runner-up Mike Recla of Widener. His ECAC title came a week after claiming the New England Division III title in the weight throw and placing second in the shot. 

Other Bates highlights from Friday included:

Wainman stood in second place, only four points out of first, after four of seven events in the heptathlon. Among 12 competitors, Wainman tied for the best mark in the pole vault, at 1.87 meters, was second in the shot put, at 11.94 meters, and was third in the long jump (6.56m).

McKallagat ran the 10th-fastest time out of 27 men in the preliminary heats of the 60-meter hurdles, at 8.38, 0.01 off of his own team record in the event.

The 10 points Enos scored had Bates in a tie for seventh place with Wesley among 34 teams that have scored points for top-eight event performances.