SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Bates men's track and field team did not repeat as champions Saturday at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, but the Bobcats did manage to post their second-best result of the past decade at the meet, as the first runner-up to MIT.
MIT scored a dominant 159.83 points, but Bates bested the 30 other teams who scored points for top-eight event performances, with 79.33. Bridgewater State (67), Coast Guard (62) and Southern Maine (40.50) rounded out the top five. Colby was the second-best NESCAC team after Bates, beginning a conference run in seventh place with 35 points, followed by Bowdoin (32), Tufts (30), Williams (30), Middlebury (29.83) and Amherst (28).
Bates junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) led the way for the Bobcats, winning the shot put and placing second in the discus a day after winning the New England hammer throw title. After two big efforts of 15.79 and 16.27 meters in the shot put trials, Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) heaved the shot put a career-best 17.13 meters, or 56 feet and 2.5 inches, on his second effort of the finals round. Enos won the event by a margin of more than six feet and vaulted from fifth place to second on Bates' all-time performance list in the shot, passing Dustin Gauthier '04, Ethan Waldman '11 and Chris Murtagh '11. Enos was also second in the discus throw with a top effort of 160-1, scoring a total 28 points out of a possible 30 for the Bobcats after Friday's win in the hammer throw.
Other Saturday highlights for the Bobcats included:
- Junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) placed second in the 800-meter run in a season-best 1:52.64, beating out UMass-Dartmouth senior Matt Hinthorne by 0.17 seconds and placing 0.36 behind the event winner, MIT junior Harrison Hunter.
- Senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished in a three-way tie for second place in the pole vault, at 15-3.
- Sophomore Rudy Pandora (Lewiston, Maine) took fifth place in the shot put (48-2.5) and seventh place in the discus (141-10).
- Senior Michael Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) and first-year Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9:28.41 and 9:32.21, respectively, for a combined seven team points.
- Senior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, qualifying for the finals with a trial time of 15.00, then finishing the final in 15.02.
- Junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) took sixth place in the 1,500 meters, finishing in a season-best 3:56.56.
- First-year Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.38 seconds.
- Bates took eighth place and scored a point in the 4x100 relay. First-year Austin Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.), senior Adam Spencer (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Jia-Ahn Pan (Kuching, Malaysia) and Kraft finished the race in 43.45 seconds.
- Bates also placed eighth in the 4x800 relay, as Stansel, senior Logan Greenblatt (South Berwick, Maine), junior Zach Polich (Westborough, Mass.) and McCauley finished in 8:00.65, becoming the 10th-fastest unit in program history.
- The Bobcats concluded the meet by grabbing two more points in the 4x400 relay, with first-year Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.), Pan, Spencer and senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) racing to a time of 3:22.40.
Enos won the hammer throw with a personal-record mark, junior Eric Wainman finished third in the decathlon and sophomore Allen Sumrall placed fifth in the 10,000 meters on Friday at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships at Springfield College.
Enos posted a big 55.23-meter effort on his second attempt of the day, passing MIT junior Ken Cooper's first attempt of 55.20. Enos then went 57.72 meters, or 189 feet and 4 inches, which stood as the winning distance. Cooper's third attempt of 185-7 was good for second place.
With his performance, Enos vaulted from outside the top 10 into ninth place on Bates' esteemed all-time performance list in the hammer, 17 inches behind Peter Goodrich '89 and 3 feet ahead of Joseph Welch '94.
Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored 6,243 points in the decathlon, beating his personal best by 85 points. Worcester State junior Jason Sliwoski edged by three points for second place, while fourth-place Clay Kosack of Coast Guard was well back with 5,768. Wainman moved past Brett Epler '11 into fourth place on Bates' all-time decathlon list.
In Thursday's half of the decathlon, Wainman was third out of 11 athletes in the long jump (20-9), second in the shot put (36-8.5), second in the high jump (6-0.5), third in the 400 meters (51.47). On Friday, Wainman was second in the 110 hurdles (15.30), second in the pole vault (12-7.5) and third in the 1,500 meters (4:32.45).
Sophomore Jack Aherne (Bronxville, N.Y.) placed ninth in the decathlon with 5,164 points. Aherne was second in the field in the 400 (51.36).
Sumrall (Corrales, N.M.) finished the 10K in 31:52.61, the fifth and final competitor out of 21 to break the 32-minute mark.
With just four events scored thus far, Bates is tied with Coast Guard for second place among the 15 teams that have scored points, with 20 points. MIT is an early runaway leader with 50. The meet concludes Saturday.
Bates will next compete at Open New Englands, taking place Friday and Saturday at Westfield State University.