GORHAM, Maine -- Bates College senior and two-time NCAA champion David Pless registered a new personal best and broke his own Bates record in the shot put on Saturday at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University, topping 61 feet, in a busy, two-meet day for the Bobcat men's track and field team.
Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), the two-time national champion in the indoor shot put, had a top effort of 18.60 meters, or 61 feet and 1/4 inch, exceeding his previous PR and program record of 60-6.5 by nearly six inches. Pless finished second in a 59-man field full of throwers from all divisions, as well as amateur non-collegians. Only Cornell University's Stephen Mozia (63-4.25) outperformed Bates' six-time All-American.
Pless also placed third in the weight throw at 59-9.5, taking third place behind only Reuben Horace of BU and Thaddeus Kusiak of Rhode Island.
Other Bates highlights from BU included:
- Sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) ran a personal-best 4:12.98 mile, placing 34th overall and second among Division III runners. Senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) was the fifth fastest in Division III, 41st overall in 4:15.21.
- Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) was 10th overall and third among Division III runners in the 5,000 meters, finishing in 14:36.07.
- Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) was 18th fastest overall, and third among Division III runners, in the 800 meters, with a time of 1:54.41.
- Senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was the fifth-fastest Division III runner in the 3,000 meters, at 8:39.26.
- Junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) had the second fastest Division III time in the 60-meter hurdles, at 8.61.
- Sophomore Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) was eighth overall and second in Division III to Pless in the shot put, at 52-11.5; Enos was also ninth overall and second in Division III in the weight throw, at 53-11.
Bates also had some of its athletes competing at the USM Invitational on Saturday, where the Bobcats scored 61 points to edge Assumption College for fifth place among nine teams.
Junior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the pole vault at the meet, clearing 14 feet even on his top attempt, nearly 3 1/2 feet higher than the runner-up.
First-year Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) won the shot put with a top effort of 47-2.25. First-year Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) took third place at 45-5 and senior A.J. Hill (Sacramento, Calif.) was fourth at 38-5. Margitza, Hill and Pandora were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the weight throw.
First-year Detmer Kremer (Nij Beets, Netherlands) placed second in the high jump at 5-6.
Bates will try to reclaim the Maine State Men's Indoor Championship title on Friday at 6pm at the University of Southern Maine.