Men's track scoreless in three events on second day of NCAAs

Eric Wainman cleared 6 feet and 1.5 inches in the high jump portion of the decathlon at the NCAA Championships on May 22, 2014. Wainman valiantly scored over 6,000 points despite fouling on all three discus attempts in Friday's action. (Sara Blake/D3Photo) 

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Senior Jarret McKallagat's impressive career came to a close in the trial heats of the 110-meter hurdles Friday, as the Bates men's track and field team did not add to its team points total in three events.

McKallagat (Atkinson, N.H.) ran a strong time of 14.84 seconds in the second of three heats, the 16th-fastest time in the field of 22 athletes. The team captain was seeded 17th in the event, based on his team-record time of 14.68 seconds that won him the NESCAC title earlier this season.

In a span of about 30 minutes earlier in the afternoon, Bates' hopes for points in either the shot put or decathlon were unfortunately dashed. Junior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.), a day after placing fourth in the hammer throw, fouled on all three of his attempts in the shot put trials, eliminating him from the competition. Enos will compete in the discus throw on Saturday at noon, an event the four-time All-American finished fourth in a year ago.

Junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) was off to a promising start to the second and final day of the decathlon, but he fouled on all three attempts in the discus throw, the day's second event, effectively removing him from contention to place among the top eight. 

Wainman displayed the grit of the Bobcat, however, hanging in for excellent performances in the final three events of the day. He cleared 4.00 meters, or 13 feet, 1.5 inches, just 0.04 off of his season-best height in the event. In the last event, the always grueling 1,500 meters, Wainman notched a personal record time of 4:28.29, finishing second in the field by a lean over Wisconsin-Stout senior Zach Anderson.

In the end, Wainman placed 19th out of 20 decathletes with 6,005 points.

Wainman led off the day with a personal-record time in the 110-meter high hurdles, placing fifth in the field of 20 decathletes with a time of 15.22 seconds.

Wainman's previous career-best 110 hurdles time, 15.30, from the New England Division III Championships, put him in eighth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Friday's 15.22 moves him ahead of Kevin Jackson '01 into No. 7, right behind David Hardison '13, who placed fifth in the NCAA decathlon one year ago.

In the team scoring, with one day remaining at the meet, Bates is tied with Washington University-St. Louis, UMass-Boston and Buffalo State for 22nd place among the 41 teams that have scored points for top-eight event performances, with five points.