Men's track tied for first place on first day of ECAC Championships

Mike Martin won the ECAC Division III 3,000-meter steeplechase title on May 15, 2014 at RPI. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78) 

TROY, N.Y. --  Senior Michael Martin won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the Bates men's track and field team scored in five out of eight completed events so far, to highlight the first day of the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships for the Bates men's track and field team on Thursday.

The Bobcats finished the first day with 24 points, tying host Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for first place among 34 teams that have scored points so far.

Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) finished the race in 9:25.63, 1.34 seconds ahead of runner-up Sawyer Hitchcock of Ithaca. Martin finished the race in 9:19.04 last week at Open New Englands.

Other Bates highlights included:

  • Junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) placed third in the hammer throw, with a top effort of 60.15 meters. 
  • Senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) took sixth place in the pole vault, which was limited to three attempts for the 15 competitors. Wisener cleared the bar at 4.86 meters, or 15 feet and 11.25 inches, nearing his own Bates record of 16-0.25.
  • Senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) ran the fourth-fastest preliminary heat time in the 110 hurdles, at 14.86 seconds.
  • Bates took sixth place in the 4x400-meter relay, with first-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.), senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), first-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) and senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) registering a time of 3:29.06.
  • Sophomore Allen Sumrall (Corrales, N.M.) snagged eighth place in the 5,000 meters in 15:30.04.
  • Among 13 qualified decathletes, junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) was in the top five in four out of five events on the first day of the decathlon, including first place in the high jump (1.92 meters, or 6-3.5). Wainman finished the day with 3,487 points, a close second behind Rochester's Patrick Rice (3,501) and two points ahead of Devin Cornelius of St. John Fisher (3,485).

The meet, which is the last of the season before next Week's NCAA Division III Championships in Delaware, Ohio, concludes on Friday.