Men’s track and field third out of 10 teams at Brandeis
WALTHAM, Mass. — The Bates College men’s track and field team placed third out of 10 teams Saturday at the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational at Brandeis University. The Bobcats scored 117 points, behind only WPI (158.50) and Bowdoin (139) and ahead of Southern Maine (94.50), Amherst (90), Brandeis (78), UMass-Boston (22), Colby (21), Emmanuel (8) and Lasell (2).
Bates first-year Candido Bousquet (Colombo, Sri Lanka) won the long jump with a top effort of 20-10.50 to take home the Bobcats’ lone event victory. Bousquet also scored points for Bates in the long jump (5-10.75; eighth) and the shot put (40-10.50; fifth).
Other standout performances for Bates included first-year Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.) finishing second in the 55-meter dash (6.74 seconds); sophomore Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) placing third in the 200 (23.75); sophomore Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) placing second in the 5,000 (15:27.32); the 4×400 relay team of sophomore Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.), junior Carlos Castro (Mexico City, Mexico), junior Steven Fukuda (East Hartford, Conn.) and Quinn placing second in 3:31.46; the distance medley relay team of senior Mike Watson (Mansfield, Mass.), junior Naoki Kakuta (Osaka, Japan), senior C.J. Murray (North Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) placing second in 10:25.29; senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) and first-year Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) placing second (13-11.25) and third (13-05.25), respectively, in the pole vault.
Bennett’s and Dilts’ marks qualified both men for the New England Division III and the ECAC Division III Championships later this season.
“All in all it was a very good meet for us,” said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian.
Bates next competes at the USM Invitational next Saturday, Jan. 31.