Bates men place fourth at NESCAC Track & Field Championships
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Highlighted by a rousing victory in the 4×400 relay race, Bates College placed fourth at the NESCAC Men’s Track & Field Championships Saturday at Bowdoin.
With 93 points, the Bobcats finished behind only Williams (214), Tufts (118.5) and Middlebury (105.5), despite missing senior standout hurdler and sprinter Adam Macbeth (Ellsworth, Maine).
Bates beat out Williams in the 4×400, 3:18.18 to 3:18.49. Leading off the race, junior Sam Murphy (St. Paul, Minn.) finished the first leg in second or third place. Junior Matt Capone (Auburn, Maine) and his Williams counterpart pulled away from the rest of the pack. Junior Sam Thomas (Richmond, Va.) passed his opponent and handed off to senior Joel Colony (Harrisville, N.H.) with a 1-meter lead, which Colony extended to three meters in the anchor leg.
Colony also notched two second-place finishes, in the 200 (22.27) and the 400 (49.48).
Capone, meanwhile, finished in second place in the 100 and moved into fifth place on the all-time school list at 11.17 seconds). Capone was also third in the 200 at 22.43.
Sophomore Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) scored two All-NESCAC honors, placing second in the shot put (49-2.5) and third in the hammer throw (175-08). Gauthier was also seventh in the discus throw (136-5).
First-year Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) came in as runner-up in the pole vault, at 13-5.75, to earn All-NESCAC honors.
Junior Andrew Tibbetts (Dedham, Mass.) came in third in the 400 intermediate hurdles, at 56.57 seconds, also earning All-NESCAC status and improving his standing at No. 4 on Bates’ all-time list.