MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates men's track and field team made full use of the Tufts Last Chance meet on Thursday, with the Bobcat distance medley relay team likely clinching a berth in next week's NCAA Championships and senior pole vaulter John Wisener doing the same in record-setting fashion.
Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) cleared 15 feet, 9.25 inches in the pole vault, three inches beyond the former team standard of 15-6.25 set by Sam Goldstein in 2010. Wisener moved up from 29th in Division III this season into a tie for 12th with the effort. Fifteen pole vaulters are to be selected to compete at NCAAs.
Bates rose from the 10th ranked distance medley relay team in Division III to No. 7 on the list, with one weekend to go before NCAAs (12 DMR teams qualify.)
Bates' time, 9:59.28, the fastest of the 10 teams at the non-scoring meet, translates to 9:51.25 on a banked track -- faster even than the quartet's team record-breaking time of 9:53.45, run Feb. 7 on the banked track at Boston University.
Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) led off in the 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) in the 400, junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) in the 800 and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) in the 1,600.
Bates stays in the Boston area for the two-day ECAC Division III Championships, beginning Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center.
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May 18, 2014 Men's track sending 4 athletes to NCAAs for 6 events
May 16, 2014 Ten Bobcats named NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship
May 10, 2014 Men's track finishes action at Open New Englands
May 9, 2014 Enos leads men's track at Open New Englands
April 29, 2014 Men’s track earns eight All-NESCAC honors
April 26, 2014 Enos, McKallagat lead men's track to third place at NESCACs
April 19, 2014 Men's track captures 12th state outdoor title in 13 years
April 14, 2014 Enos named NESCAC, ECAC Field Performer of the Week
April 12, 2014 Men's track a strong second in home meet vs. MIT, Colby, USM
April 7, 2014 Wisener named NESCAC, ECAC Performer of the Week
April 5, 2014 Wisener breaks Bates' pole vault record at UNH meet
March 15, 2014 Enos is national runner-up in shot put as NCAA's conclude
March 7, 2014 Enos wins shot put crown on Day 1 of ECACs
February 28, 2014 Enos wins weight throw title at Open New Englands
February 22, 2014 Men's track places third at New England Div. III Championships
February 15, 2014 Throwers, McKallagat, Wisener head men's track at Tufts
February 8, 2014 McCauley breaks men's track's 1,000-meter record at BU
February 7, 2014 Men's track breaks distance medley relay record at BU
February 5, 2014 Margitza profiled in hometown Morning Sentinel
February 1, 2014 Men's track and field wins Maine state title
January 25, 2014 Men's track runners chalk up lifetime bests at BU
January 21, 2014 Enos earns USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors
January 18, 2014 Men's track tops all visitors but Maine in Bates Invitational
January 11, 2014 Men's indoor track wins four events vs. MIT, Colby
January 9, 2014 Men’s and women’s indoor track season starts Saturday