Pless breaks his own shot put record at Open New Englands
BOSTON — Junior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his own Bates record in the indoor shot put, and came in fourth in the weight throw to lead the Bates men’s track and field team to an impressive showing at the all-divisions Open New Englands on Saturday at Boston University.
Pless, the 2011 NCAA indoor shot put champion, placed second in the shot put, first among Division III athletes, with a top effort of 58-2.5, trailing only New Hampshire’s Brice Paey. His latest Bates record exceeds his previous mark of 58-1 set three weeks ago at the Maine State Championships.
On Friday, Pless finished fourth overall, and second among Division III athletes in a strong field in the weight throw, registering a top mark of 59-9.5.
The Bobcats scored 20 meet points to finish 14th out of 34 teams at the meet — second among Division III teams and only two points behind MIT.
Bates’ other main highlights came on Friday in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) came in seventh overall, and third among Division III runners, with a time of 14:43.90. Sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) was close behind in ninth, at 14:49.04, ninth overall and fourth in Division III, and junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was 12th overall, fifth in Division III, in 14:53.22.
Junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished 21st overall and eighth in Division III in the 800, at 1:54.08.
Bates ran a 7:45.77 time in the 4×800 relay on Saturday, good for seventh place out of 21 teams, and the best time in Division III. The group was only 1.77 seconds off of the Bates record time recorded in 1988.
Bates also scored points in the distance medley relay on Friday, finishing sixth overall and second in Division III in 10:03.64.
The Bobcats compete next weekend at the ECAC Division III indoor championships, held at the New York Armory.