Men's track places third at New England Div. III Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Junior Sean Enos won the New England title in both the shot put and weight throw to lead the Bates men's track and field team to third place at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships at MIT.

Bates edged Williams by a point, 59-58, for third place at the meet. MIT won with 138, followed by Tufts with 94. Southern Maine rounded out the top five with 50.

Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) launched the shot put 17.28 meters in the finals of the event, though his preliminary best of 16.90 was more than enough to win. MIT's Ken Cooper was second in 16.65, while sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) reached the finals and finished ninth, one place out of the scoring, in 13.97 meters.

Enos sent the 35-pound weight a meet-best and personal-record 63 feet and 6 inches, moving him up to fourth place in Division III this season. Enos cleared his previous best in the event by 19.5 inches and leaped from sixth place to fifth on Bates' all-time performance list in the event, ahead of former NCAA champion Noah Gauthier '08. Enos is also ranked second in the country in the shot put. He defeated Cooper, the runner-up, by 77 centimeters. Pandora placed sixth in the event, at 15.11 meters.

Other scoring performances for Bates included:

  • Junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) placed second in the heptathlon with a career-high 4,690 points, outscoring third-place Jason Slivowski of Worcester State by 20. Wainman remains second on Bates' all-time performance list in the heptathlon to David Hardison '13 (4,727), but only 37 points shy of tying that mark. Wainman was second in the field of 12 competitors in the 1,000-meter run (2:47.88) and tied for second in the high jump (1.85 meters).
  • Senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) took third place in the 3,000 meters, for six team points.
  • Senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed third in the pole vault, topping out at 4.40 meters.
  • A week after setting Bates' 60-meter hurdles record at 8.44 seconds, senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) lowered it to 8.40 in the prelminaries, then took .03 more off his own mark in the finals, placing fifth overall in 8.37 seconds.
  • Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) placed seventh in the mile, in 4:17.28.
  • Bates placed seventh in the distance medley relay, at 10:37.43. Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) led off with the 1,200-meter leg, first-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) ran the 400, first-year Olin Carty (Des Moines, Iowa) ran the 800 and Stansel ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg.
  • Bates finished seventh in the 4x400 relay in 3:28.12, on legs run by senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), McKallagat, senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) and first-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.).

The Bobcats compete at Open New Englands next Friday and Saturday at Boston University.