Bates men place fourth out of 26 teams at New England Division III meet
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Bates College men’s track and field team finished fourth out of 26 teams at the Division III New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Saturday at Springfield College.
Despite the continued absence of senior multi-event standout Adam Macbeth due to a hamstring injury, the Bobcats scored 59.5 points, getting edged by second-place Tufts (64.5) and third-place MIT (64). Williams won the event with 153 points.
Bates had a characteristic across-the-board strong day, with no first-place finishers but plenty of top threes. Bates finished the day by placing second in the 4×400 relay, with junior Sam Murphy (St. Paul, Minn.), junior Matt Capone (Auburn, Maine), junior Sam Thomas (Richmond, Va.) and senior Joel Colony (Harrisville, N.H.) finishing in 3:21.94.
Thomas earned eight more points for Bates in the 400-meter dash, finishing second in 49.07 seconds.
Colony placed second in the 200 (22.23) and fourth in the 100 (10.97), while Capone was fifth in both events, at 22.42 and 11.10 seconds, respectively.
Sophomore Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) won five points for Bates in the shot put, where he was fourth at 51 feet, 11.75 inches, and Gauthier was ninth in the discus at 135 feet, 9 inches.
First-year Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) tied for fourth place in the pole vault at 13 feet, 3 inches, earning 4.5 points. Sophomore Emmanuel Drabo (Burkina Faso) was sixth in the triple jump, at 44 feet and 6 inches, earning three points.