Enos is national runner-up in shot put as NCAA's conclude

Sean Enos is one of three Bates track and field men to earn All-America honors in three different disciplines (shot put, weight throw, discus). (File photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Bates junior Sean Enos finished as the runner-up in the shot put with a personal record 57 feet, 8.25 inches on Saturday as the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded at the University of Nebraska, leading the Bates men's track and field team to 15th place at the meet.

The Bobcats' seven-athlete contingent finished the meet with 12 team points, nine of them scored by Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.), tying Haverford, Salisbury and Tufts for 15th place out of the 68 teams that scored points for top-eight event finishes. 

In Bates' other remaining event on Saturday, junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished 10th in the heptathlon, with 4,855 points. Wainman's season-best time of 2:42.17 in the seventh and final event of the heptathlon was the fourth-fastest time in the field of 15 athletes, and allowed him to pass Devin Cornelius of St. John Fisher from 11th place into 10th. Wainman entered his first NCAA Championship meet as the 14th seed among 15 competitors.

Enos stood in third place after the preliminary round of three attempts, based on his second attempt of 17.18 meters. His first throw in the finals sailed 57 feet and 8.25 inches, moving him ahead of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Roger Steen into second place. Wartburg junior Colt Feltes, the event's top seed, stayed in first place throughout the event, with a first attempt of 17.54 meters followed by the winning distance of 17.87 (58-7.5).

Enos's previous personal best, 57-4.75, won him the Maine state title early this season and made him the second-seeded shot-putter going into the competition, behind Feltes.

The latest All-American in Bates' long and proud throwing history, Enos is only the third male Bobcat to gain All-America honors in three different throwing disciplines, following his close friend, former teammate and 10-time All-American David Pless '13, and Peter Goodrich '89.

Enos is only Bates' third All-American in the shot put, following Ethan Waldman '11 and three-time NCAA champion Pless.

Friday Recap

Enos placed eighth in the weight throw and the Bates men's distance medley relay team took sixth place, highlighting the first day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships for the Bobcats on Friday.

Bates' distance medley relay (DMR) team, comprising junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) 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, finished in 9:59.97 to become the program's second-ever All-America squad in the event, after the 2012 team, which also included both Levy and Graboys. (Bates finished ninth in the DMR at NCAAs last year, with a team that included Levy, Graboys and Stansel.)

Enos launched the 35-pound weight 18.52 meters, or 60 feet and 9.25 inches, on his first attempt. The event's fourth seed, Enos fouled on his next two attempts but stood in eighth place after the preliminary round. Enos unfortunately fouled on all three attempts in the finals, but ninth-place Pat Weinert of Oneonta could not pass him, either, allowing Enos to hold on to eighth place and earn his second career All-America honor. Last spring, he placed fourth in the discus at the NCAA outdoor meet.

Competing in their first NCAA championship meet, senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed 15th in the pole vault, and Wainman stood in 11th place through the first four events of the heptathlon.

Wisener, who set Bates' indoor record last week at 15-9.25, cleared the pole vault bar at 14-7.25. He made two strong but unsuccessful attempts at 15-1, bowing out in 15th place.

Wainman started off the men's heptathlon with a personal-record time in the 60-meter dash of 7.34 seconds. He was sixth in the field of 15 in the shot put (39-0.50) and tied for fifth in the long jump (21-0). With three events remaining Saturday (60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters), Wainman stood 11th out of 15 men with 2,676 points.

The DMR's three team points, added to the one point Enos scored, put Bates in a tie for 17th place among the 27 teams that had scored points at the meet.