Personal best lifts Enos to 4th place in hammer at NCAAs

Sean Enos '15 earned his fourth career All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships on May 22, 2014. (D3Photo) 

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Bates junior Sean Enos earned his fourth career All-America honor on the first day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, unleashing a career-best hammer throw of 198 feet and 11 inches to finish in fourth place.

Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) was the ninth and final qualifier for the finals round of the men's hammer throw at the meet, based on his initial attempt of 56.59 meters in the trial round. But on his first of three attempts in the finals, Enos vaulted into fourth place out of the nine remaining competitors, with a 60.62-meter effort, or 198-11. He fouled on his fifth attempt, then went 60.29 meters on his last try.

Enos had vaulted into Bates' top-10 all-time performance list in the hammer just two weeks ago at Open New Englands, jumping into third place with a mark of 194-2. Last week at the ECAC Championships, he passed Chris Murtagh '12 into second place with his 197-4 effort that won the meet title. Bates' proud history in the hammer throw in particular includes 13 former All-Americans, among them four national champions in Anton Kishon (1935), Wayne Pangburn (1965 and 1966), Mark Miller (1981) and Jaime Sawler (2002). Ten-time All-American David Pless '13 owns the team record of 201-11.

Enos, one of only three athletes at the meet who is competing in three throwing events, now has four All-America honors in his career, each in a different event. The Bates captain was fourth a year ago in the discus for his first such honor; then at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships he placed second in the shot put and eighth in the weight throw.

Two of Enos's Bates teammates also competed on Thursday, the first of the meet's three days at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Senior captain John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished his career with the Bobcats by tying for 17th place among 20 competitors in the pole vault, clearing a top height of 15 feet and 1 inch. Wisener will graduate with program records in both the indoor (15-9.25) and outdoor (16-0.5) pole vault. 

Junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) and 20 others completed the first day of the decathlon in 14th place with 3,403 points. Wainman recorded a season-best time in the first event, the 100-meter dash, at 11.41 seconds, 13th-fastest in the field. His high jump of 6 feet, 1.5 inches, one of his best efforts this season, tied him for seventh place in the field. Wainman is the seventh seed among 20 decathletes, based on his ECAC championship total of 6,635 points, the second-highest total in Bates history. 

The decathlon concludes Friday with the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meters. Also on Friday, Enos will compete in the shot put at 2:15 and senior captain Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) competes in preliminary heats of the 110 hurdles at 6:45.