Men's track places 1st among 27 teams at Tufts Snowflake Classic

Jarret McKallagat '14 placed first in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on March 29, 2014. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates men's track and field team won five events and placed first in the team scoring among 27 squads on Saturday, as the outdoor season opened at the Tufts Snowflake Classic.

Bates scored 108 points, a whopping 29 more than runner-up Tufts (79). Worcester State (70), Bridgewater State (65) and Vermont (54) rounded out the top five teams.

Junior three-time All-American Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) claimed first place in both the shot put (53-0.25) and hammer throw (168-3) for 20 of the Bobcats' team points.

Senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) placed first out of 21 men in the 110-meter hurdles, in 15.19 seconds, and was also third out of 29 in the 400 hurdles, at 55.79.

First-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) took first place among 64 competitors in the 400 meters, with a time of 51.11 seconds, 0.14 seconds ahead of runner-up Alex Spinu of Wheaton.

Senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for first place in the pole vault, at 13-7.25.

Other scoring (top-eight) performances by the Bobcats included:

  • In the 1,500-meter run, senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.), junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) placed second, third and fourth, respectively, among 86 collegians, with times of 3:57.57, 3:58.92 and 3:59.44.
  • Sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) placed third in the discus throw, at 124-10.
  • Sophomore Alex Sumrall (Corrales, N.M.) made his collegiate debut with an impressive fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters (15:26.63), while first-year Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.) placed seventh in 15:28.16.
  • First-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) placed sixth in the 200 meters (23.07).
  • Junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) was eighth in the high jump (5-10).
  • Junior Sean McKenna (York, Maine) was eighth in the long jump (20-3.75).

Bates was scheduled to compete at Fitchburg State this Saturday, but that has been cancelled. The Bobcats hope to compete elsewhere at a meet to be determined.