LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates sophomore Nick Margitza doesn't shy away from being one of the guys asked to carry on a tradition of excellence, as we learn in Travis Lazarczyk'sfeature story on the Bates sophomore in today's Waterville Morning Sentinel.
"It's the most fun thing I've been a part of," Margitza told Lazarczyk. "Pressure is the last word that comes to mind."
With three-time national shot put champion David Pless now graduated and All-American junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) assuming top dog status, it's Margitza (Waterville, Maine) and fellow sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) who have assumed larger roles on the Bates men's track and field team. Margitza finished second in the shot put (47-9.5) and third in the weight throw (49-1) as Bates claimed the indoor state championship for the second straight year.
The story details Margitza's adjustments to dropping 65 pounds from his frame since high school. Head coach Al Fereshetian, who is also Bates' throws coach, praises Margitza's inner drive.
"Nick's the type of guy, you don't have to talk about numbers, because he's working to be his best," Fereshetian told Lazarczyk. "We're just letting him develop the technique and channel his effort."