Men's track to send seven athletes to NCAA Indoor Championships

Eric Wainman '15 will compete for Bates in the heptathlon in his first NCAA Championship appearance this week. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The recently crowned ECAC champion Bates men's track and field team will send seven athletes to compete in a combined five events in this week's NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, as accepted entries to the meet were announced Monday. 

Junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) will compete in both the shot put and weight throw, while junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) will compete in the heptathlon and senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) will pole vault. And for the third straight year, the Bobcats will compete in the distance medley relay.

Enos is the second seed out of 15 competitors in the shot put, based on his season-high performance of 17.49 meters, and he is the fourth seed in the weight, at 19.35 meters. Enos is one of six athletes who made the field in both the shot and the weight.

Wainman is the 14th seed out of 15 in the heptathlon, based on his team-record 4,927 points recorded last weekend at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships.

Wisener is the 13th seed out of 15 in the pole vault, based on his season-high and team-record effort of 4.81 meters.

Bates will be the sixth seed in the distance medley relay, following an eighth-place finish in the event in 2013 and a third-place showing in 2012. Three of last year's DMR squad remain part of this year's unit, with junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) representing the only change in personnel. Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) will lead off in the 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) in the 400, McCauley in the 800 and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) in the 1,600. 

This will be the sixth NCAA Championship meet for Graboys, including his three appearances in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Stansel is making his fourth trip to NCAAs; it will be the third for both Levy and Enos, the second for McCauley, and the first for both Wainman and Wisener.

More athletes means better prospects for moving up in the final team standings at nationals. Bates sent a team-record eight athletes to NCAAs a year ago and placed fifth out of 63 scoring teams, then sent seven to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed ninth out of 79 scoring teams.

The meet runs Friday through Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. Nebraska Wesleyan University is serving as host.