WATERVILLE, Maine -- For the 12th time in the past 13 years, the Bates College men's track and field team won the Maine State Outdoor Championship on Saturday at Colby, winning seven events along the way.
With points earned for top-six performances in each event, Bates scored 212 points, outscoring runner-up Bowdoin (166), followed by Colby (113), Southern Maine (104) and St. Joseph's (18).
The Bobcats have now won five straight and 20 overall; one of the oldest meets in America, the Maine men's outdoor state championships have been held annually since 1895, with only four missed years in-between.
Bates sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) claimed the state title in both the shot put, with a top effort of 46-1.25, and the discus throw, at 141-2.
Senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) won the 110-meter hurdles by a 0.17-second margin, at 14.85 seconds, slicing 0.08 seconds off of his personal best. McKallagat's time was only 0.04 shy of the team record held by Adam Macbeth '07. McKallagat then took second place in the 400 hurdles, in 56.33 seconds.
First-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) won the 200-meter dash title in a time of 22.47 seconds, and also placed second in the 100-meter dash (10.93 seconds). Kraft moved into fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the 100.
Junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.), the NESCAC and ECAC New England Division III Field Performer of the Week, won the hammer throw with a top distance of 159-11. Enos also placed fourth in both the shot put (40-6.25) and the discus (125-0).
Senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the pole vault by clearing 14-1.25.
Senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) won the 400-meter dash in 51.70 seconds.
Other standout performances for Bates included:
- Senior Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, at 9:31.39. First-year Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.) was fourth in 9:43.34.
- Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) took second place in the 800 meters, in 1:54.72.
- First-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) placed second in the 400 meters (51.78), placed third in the triple jump (41-5.25), tied teammate Eric Wainman for third in the high jump (5-10) and placed fifth in the 200 meters (23.13).
- Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) tied Griffin for third place in the high jump (5-10), and also also nabbed third place in the long jump (21-0.75) as well as sixth in the 110 hurdles (16.61).
- Sophomore Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) placed second in the discus (135-3) and took third in the shot put (43-6).
- Sophomore Allen Sumrall (Corrales, N.M.) placed third in the 10,000 meters (32:20.69), followed by sophomore Bryant Perkins (Sanford, Maine) in fourth (32:35.21).
- Senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) came in third in the 1,500 meters, in 4:04.32.
- Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) finished fourth in the 5,000 meters (15:26.12).
- Bates finished second in a very close three-way battle in the 4x100 relay. The young Bobcat quartet of sophomore Keyan Riddell (Concord, N.H.), sophomore Mike Lee (Bealeton, Va.), sophomore Jia-Ahn Pan (Kuching, Malaysia) and Colin Kraft finished the race in 44.24 seconds, 0.05 behind Colby and 0.04 ahead of USM.
Bates returns to Colby next Saturday for the NESCAC Championships.