Enos, Wainman, Sumrall give men's track a push at New Englands

Photo by Frank Poulin
Eric Wainman '15 placed third in the decathlon at the New England Division III Championships on May 2, 2014, with a career-best 6,243 points. (Frank Poulin photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Bates junior Sean Enos won the hammer throw with a personal-record mark, junior Eric Wainman finished third in the decathlon and sophomore Allen Sumrall placed fifth in the 10,000 meters on Friday at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships at Springfield College.

Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) posted a big 55.23-meter effort on his second attempt of the day, passing MIT junior Ken Cooper's first attempt of 55.20. Enos then went 57.72 meters, or 189 feet and 4 inches, which stood as the winning distance. Cooper's third attempt of 185-7 was good for second place.

With his performance, Enos vaulted from outside the top 10 into ninth place on Bates' esteemed all-time performance list in the hammer, 17 inches behind Peter Goodrich '89 and 3 feet ahead of Joseph Welch '94.

Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored 6,243 points in the decathlon, beating his personal best by 85 points. Worcester State junior Jason Sliwoski edged by three points for second place, while fourth-place Clay Kosack of Coast Guard was well back with 5,768. Wainman moved past Brett Epler '11 into fourth place on Bates' all-time decathlon list.

In Thursday's half of the decathlon, Wainman was third out of 11 athletes in the long jump (20-9), second in the shot put (36-8.5), second in the high jump (6-0.5), third in the 400 meters (51.47). On Friday, Wainman was second in the 110 hurdles (15.30), second in the pole vault (12-7.5) and third in the 1,500 meters (4:32.45).

Sophomore Jack Aherne (Bronxville, N.Y.) placed ninth in the decathlon with 5,164 points. Aherne was second in the field in the 400 (51.36). 

Sumrall (Corrales, N.M.) finished the 10K in 31:52.61, the fifth and final competitor out of 21 to break the 32-minute mark.

With just four events scored thus far, Bates is tied with Coast Guard for second place among the 15 teams that have scored points, with 20 points. MIT is an early runaway leader with 50. The meet concludes Saturday.