Bobcats of the week of Jan. 25, 2010
|Rich McNeil ’10
The Bates College men’s indoor track and field team welcomed Division I Maine in a rare visit, as well as Division III rivals Colby and Southern Maine, finishing second to the Black Bears on the strength of many noteworthy performances.
Among many other noteworthy performances, seniorRich McNeil(Lawrence, Mass.) stood out as clearly the top thrower on any of the participating teams, winning both the shot put (49-07.75) and the weight throw (57-09.50) to lead a bevy of point-scorers for Bates in the throwing events.McNeil’s weight throw was a strong provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, and places him currently among the top 10 in the country. McNeil’s shot put was also close to being a provisional qualifying distance.
|Cheri-Ann Parris ’13
Since assuming the No. 1 spot in the Bates women’s squash team’s starting lineup in her very first college squash match, first-year Cheri-Ann Parris(St. Philips, Barbardos) has consistently shown that that’s exactly where she belongs.Parris is 11-5 thus far while playing the opponent’s top player in every match. Her five losses were all against players ranked among the top 26 in the country, including four in the top 15 and two in the top 5. One of her finest matches so far might have been her 3-2 loss to the third-ranked player in the country, Toby Eyre of Williams.
Parris has defeated her NESCAC opponents from Tufts, Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Colby and Bowdoin. In the past week, Parris went 3-0 individually as the Bobcats rolled to 9-0 wins over Colby, Bowdoin and Northeastern.
Parris and the No. 12-ranked Bobcats (12-5) play their last home matches of the season this weekend, hosting Columbia on Friday at 6 p.m., Mount Holyoke on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Brown on Sunday at 4 p.m. The men’s team will be even busier, hosting Columbia on Friday at 6 p.m., MIT on Saturday at 11 a.m., Denison on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Dartmouth on Sunday at 11 a.m. and Brown on Sunday at 4 p.m.