Enos, McKallagat lead men's track to third place at NESCACs

Jarret McKallagat '14 wins the 110-meter hurdles convincingly in team-record time at the NESCAC Championships at Colby on April 26, 2014. McKallagat also marked a personal best in the 400 hurdles, placing second. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Junior Sean Enos and senior Jarret McKallagat combined for three event titles and two second-place finishes, leading the Bates men's track and field team to third place out of 11 teams in the 2014 NESCAC Championships Saturday at Colby. It is the eighth consecutive year the Bobcats have placed among the top three teams in the NESCAC Championship.

The Bobcats scored 107.2 points, trailing only Tufts (178.9) and Middlebury (166.5) among the conference's 11 teams. Williams fell two points shy of Bates, settling for fourth with 105.2.

McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) blew away the competition in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.68 seconds, a whopping 0.41 seconds ahead of runner-up Kevin Chu of Middlebury. McKallagat's time moved him out of a tie with Adam Macbeth '07 for the team record, formerly 14.81.

McKallagat, Bates' longtime hurdling standout, wasn't done achieving personal records. Though he already stood as Bates' second-fastest all-time athlete in the 400-meter hurdles, his runner-up time of 54.28 seconds in the event on Saturday was his career-fastest by 0.31 seconds.

Enos led a strong Bates contingent in the throwing events, winning the discus throw in 154-5 and the hammer throw in 173-7. Enos was also second in the shot put, at 51-5.5, to score 28 team points in all.

Sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) took third place in both the shot put (48-2) and the discus (134-8), and came in seventh in the hammer (144-9). Sophomore Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine), meanwhile, was seventh in both the discus (126-0) and shot (45-0.25)

Other standout performances by the Bobcats included:

  • Senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) took second place in the pole vault, at 14-7.25.
  • Senior Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) took fourth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, at 9:24.02, while first-year Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.) placed sixth in 9:29.48.
  • Junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) placed sixth in the high jump, at 6-0.
  • Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) finished sixth in the 1,500 meters, at 3:58.54.
  • First-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) placed seventh in the finals of the 100-meter dash, in 11.24 seconds, after a preliminary heat time of 11.14. Kraft also took eighth place in the 200 meters, at 23.07 seconds.
  • First-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) came in eighth in the 400 meters, at 50.52.
  • Bates also fared well in all three relay races, placing fourth in the 4x100 and 4x400 and taking sixth place in the 4x800.
  • The 4x100 quartet of first-year Austin Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.), senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Jia-Ahn Pan (Kuching, Malaysia) and Kraft won its heat and took fourth in 43.42 seconds.
  • McKallagat, Spencer, Pan and senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) placed fourth in the 4x400 in 3:25.68.
  • Stansel, Martin, junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) were sixth in the 4x800, in 7:59.00.

Bates travels to Springfield College next weekend, May 2-3 for the New England Division III Outdoor Championships.