BOSTON -- The Bates men's track and field team submitted a late entry into the distance medley relay race at the BU Valentine Invitational on Friday, and it paid off in a big way.
Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.), senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.), junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) not only finished first at the all-divisions meet, but they broke the team record and recorded the fastest time in Division III this year, at 9:53.45.
Running on Boston University's banked track, Stansel ran the initial 1,200-meter leg in 3:02, followed by Levy in the 400 meters at 49.2 seconds, McCauley in the 800 at 1:51 and Graboys running a 1,600-meter anchor leg in 4:09.
The former team record of 9:55.10 was set at the same meet two years ago by Tully Hannan '14, Levy, James LePage '13 and Graboys. The 2012 indoor season concluded with Bates finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in 9:55.34, which now becomes the third-fastest DMR time in team history. That race was led off by Nick Barron '13, followed by Levy, LePage and Graboys.
The DMR was the only event the Bobcats competed in on the day. The bulk of the Valentine Invitational takes place Saturday at BU.