Men’s track team wins USM Coed Invitational
GORHAM, Maine, and BOSTON — With many of its top performers competing at the Boston University Terrier Classic, the Bates College men’s track and field team still managed to outscore all six opponents at the USM Coed Invitational Saturday.
With 223.50 points, Bates outpaced UMass-Dartmouth (119) and the host Huskies (118.50) at USM, along with four other teams.
Junior Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) won both the weight throw (54-6.5) and the shot put (48-0) while junior Emmanuel Drabo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) won both the long jump (20-0.50) and the triple jump (43-8.5) to pace the Bobcats at USM. First-year Erik Born (Westbrook, Maine) claimed first place in the 55-meter hurdles (8.53 seconds).
Other highlights at USM included first-year Peter Garber (Short Hills, N.J.) registering a personal record in the pole vault at 11-9 (third place), first-year Mark Liu (Lexington, Mass.) putting up personal bests in both the wieght throw (44-11; third) and the shot put (38-1; fifth), sophomore Patrick Foster (Still River, Mass.) placing second in the mile at 4:34.75, and first-year Douglas Brecher (Waban, Mass.) placing second in the 3,000 meters (9:20.36).
At the BU Terrier Classic, senior Matt Capone (Auburn, Maine) set a personal record in the 200 meters at 22.50 seconds, with first-year James Packard (Guilford, Conn.) notching a respectable time of 23.51. Sophomore C.J. Murray (North Andover, Mass.) and junior Andrew Percy (Woodbridge, Conn.) both PR’d in the mile at 4:23.30 and 4:24.93, respectively. Senior Sam Thomas (Richmond, Va.) ran the 400 in 50.3 seconds. Bates’ 4×400 relay team of Capone, Packard, first-year Carlos Castro (Mexico City) and Thomas ran a 3:26.27.
“It was a very effective trip to Boston,” reported Bates head coach Al Fereshetian. “We got everything we wanted out of the day.”
Bates will host the State of Maine Men’s Indoor Championships this weekend.