Wainman wins decathlon, men's track finishes second at ECACs

Eric Wainman '15 won the decathlon at ECACs with the second-most points in school history. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

TROY, N.Y. – Junior Eric Wainman won the decathlon with the second-most points in school history as Bates College men's track and field finished in second place at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships at RPI on Friday.

As a team, the Bobcats scored 60 points, behind only SUNY Oneonta which tallied 63 points, among 57 teams which recorded points at the meet.

Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored 6,635 points in the decathlon, earning 10 team points for the Bobcats and moving into second place on Bates' all-time list. He trails Joe Northrup who posted 6,721 points in 2005 and ranks one spot ahead of Jesse Chapman who registered 6,586 points in 2010.

Wainman aided his cause through victories in the high jump and 1,500-meter run, a tied-for-first finish in the pole vault, and a second-place finish in the discus.

Bates had captured the ECAC outdoor title in each of the previous three seasons. Earlier this year, the Bobcats took home the ECAC indoor crown.

Other highlights for Bates on Friday included:

  • The 4x800-meter relay comprised of junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), sophomore Gregg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.), junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine), and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.), clocked in at 7:51.82 to claim fourth place and five points.
  • Senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.69 for five points. McKallagat also came in ninth in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.08.
  • Stansel came in fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.84, claiming four points.
  • Sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) set a new personal record in the shot put with a throw of 15.90 meters (52 feet, 2 inches), taking fifth place for four points.
  • Junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) gained fifth place in the discus with a toss of 47.31 meters (155 feet, 2.5 inches) for four points.
  • In the 800-meter run McCauley finished sixth behind a time of 1:53.38 for three points.
  • The 4x100-meter relay of first-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.), sophomore Jia-Ahn Pan (Kuching, Malaysia), senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), and senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) finished in eighth scoring one point in a season-best time of 42.98 seconds.

Next, some Bates student-athletes will look to compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio, at Ohio Wesleyan from May 22-24.