Miley places first at indoor season-opening Bates Pentathlon
LEWISTON, Maine — Bates junior John Miley (Hanson, Mass.) placed first with a personal-best 3,243 points at the Bobcat indoor track and field team’s season-opening Bates Pentathlon on Saturday in Merrill Gymasium.
Miley’s was the second-best point total in school history, behind All-American decathlete Joe Northrup ’05, and it was a 39-point improvement over his previous best.
Miley placed ahead of teammates Andrew Tibbetts, a senior from Dedham, Mass., and junior Mike Canova (Topsfield, Mass.), who racked up 2,881 and 2,786 points, respectively. Tibbetts’ was the eighth-best performance in Bates history, and a 396-point improvement over his previous best. Canova’s was the ninth-best all-time Bates performance, in his first pentathlon.
All three Bobcats qualified for the New England Division III championships; Miley also qualified for the ECAC championships.
Miley finished first in three of the five events: the long jump (6.00 meters), the shot put (11.86 meters) and the 1,000-meter race (2:47.52). Tibbetts was first in the 55 hurdles (8.85 seconds), while Canova took first in the high jump (1.83 meters).
The full team competes against MIT and Coast Guard on Jan. 14 at MIT.