Men’s track places second out of 15 teams at Tufts invite
Sam Thomas ’07
Emmanuel Drabo ’08
John Miley ’08
MEDFORD, Mass. — The Bates College men’s track and field team placed second out of 15 teams at the Tufts Indoor Invitational #2 on Saturday. With 131 points, the Bobcats were second only to the host Jumbos (205), and ahead of St. Francis (73), Amherst (62) and Colby (52), who rounded out the top five.
“We didn’t set up to score as much as we could, but it’s nice to do what you need to do and still get a lot of points,” said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian.
Event winners for Bates included senior Sam Thomas (Richmond, Va.) in the 500-meter dash in 1:07.84, junior Emmanuel Drabo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) in the triple jump (44-8.25) and junior John Miley (Hanson, Mass.) in the pentathlon (3,283 points). Miley improved his standing at No. 2 on Bates’ all-time performance list. Drabo had his best jump of the season and qualified for both the New England Division III and ECAC championship meets.
Junior Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) came in second in both the weight throw (55-0.75) and the shot put (46-10), while senior Matt Capone (Auburn, Maine) had an outstanding meet with a second-place showing in the 200 (22.93 seconds), nearly defeating All-American Eddie Bynum III of Salem State (22.88), and a third-place showing in the 55 (6.64 seconds), registering his personal best in a competitive field.
The 4×400 relay team of Capone, first-year Carlos Castro (Mexico City), first-year James Packard (Guilford, Conn.) and Sam Thomas finished second at 3:30.57, holding off Tufts by 0.42 seconds.
Junior Andrew Percy (Woodbridge, Conn.) and sophomore C.J. Murray (North Andover, Mass.) registered solid efforts in the 800, finishing fourth and fifth in 2:00.63 and 2:01.45, respectively.
Some of the men’s team will compete at the Terrier Classic at Boston University this Friday, before the team goes to the USM Coed Invitational on Saturday.