McNeil named NESCAC’s Most Outstanding Performer
|Rich McNeil ’10 became an 11-time All-NESCAC honoree in men’s track and field.|
HADLEY, Mass. — Bates senior Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) was awarded the Sabasteanski Award as the Most Outstanding Male Performer, heading the Bobcat men’s track and field team’s NESCAC Track and Field All-Conference Team honorees, announced on Tuesday. All-NESCAC honors are given to athletes who finish in the top three in events during Saturday’s conference championship meet.
McNeil became the first Bates athlete to claim the award since Mike Danahy and Erik Zwick shared the honor in 2000, when Bates won the NESCAC Championship. The senior thrower won conference titles in Saturday’s meet in both the hammer throw and the shot put, and he also took second place in the discus throw, scoring a total of 28 team points for the Bobcats as they finished third out of 11 teams. McNeil won 11 All-NESCAC honors over his four years at Bates, including five conference titles: two in both the hammer and discus and one in the shot put.
Bates junior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) also won three All-NESCAC honors on Tuesday, after claiming second place in both the hammer throw and the javelin throw and third place in the shot put. Murtagh nearly won four of the awards, having finished fourth in the discus. Murtagh, the two-time NESCAC champion in the javelin, has now won five All-NESCAC honors.
First-year Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) was also recognized on Tuesday, after winning the NESCAC title in the discus throw, where he passed McNeil on his final effort of the day.
Senior Jerome Bennett (Chicago, Ill.) received All-NESCAC recognition for finishing second in the high jump. Bennett has previously won two All-NESCAC honors in the pole vault.
Junior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) won his first all-conference award for finishing second in the shot put.
Sophomore Sam Goldstein (Memphis, Tenn.) takes home his first All-NESCAC award after finishing third in the pole vault.
Bates’ 4×100-meter relay team, which placed third, also wins All-NESCAC recognition. The team was comprised of junior Pat Carroll (North Andover, Mass.), sophomore Mike Jiang (Madison, Conn.), junior Ryan Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) and first-year Tim Woods (Westfield, N.J.). It is the second All-NESCAC honor for Quinn, who won it last year as part of Bates’ distance medley relay team.