Bates men’s track and field places second in tri-meet at Coast Guard
NEW LONDON, Conn. — In its first action as a full team in the indoor season, the Bates College men’s track and field team finished second at a tri-meet Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, behind MIT and ahead of host Coast Guard. The Bobcats scored 98.5 points, behind the Engineers’ 159.5 and ahead of the Bears’ 96 points.
Bates senior Adam Macbeth (Ellsworth, Maine) was one of the meet’s standouts, winning the 55-meter hurdles in a New England Open-qualifying 7.94 seconds, as well as the long jump in 19 feet and 8 1/4 inches. Macbeth was also on Bates’ winning 4×400 relay team (3:33.10), along with junior Matt Capone (Auburn, Maine), senior Joel Colony (Harrisville, N.H.) and junior Samuel Thomas (Richmond, Va.).
Bates sophomore Emmanuel Drabo (Burkina Faso) also stood out with a triple jump of 43 feet and 7 inches, the eighth best in school history. Drabo’s triple jump qualified him to compete in the New Englands and the ECAC Championships.
Sophomore John Miley (Hanson, Mass.) registered more Bates highlights with personal bests in the high jump (5-11.5) and shot put (39-1.25), and running the fastest leg of the 4×800 relay race.
Thomas won the 400 meters for Bates in 52.70 seconds, and Colony ran the fastest time of the day in the 55-meter dash (6.67 seconds) in preliminaries, before finishing fifth in the finals.
Bates will compete at the Tufts Invitational next Saturday, Jan. 21.