Pless breaks Bates’ discus throw record at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA — Bates junior David Pless claimed another team record on Friday at the Penn Relays, becoming Bates’ all-time discus throw king with a top effort of 171 feet and 5 inches.
The only Division III athlete selected to compete in the Championship flight in both the discus and the shot put at the famous meet held at the University of Pennsylvania, Pless’s top effort of 52.27 meters, or 171-5, put him in eighth place out of 14 men, just an inch shy of seventh-place Sean Tabor of TCU and 4 feet and 11 inches beyond ninth-place Will Spence of Texas. Bates’ former record of 169-1 was set by Nat Wheatley ’91 in 1991.
Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) heaved a solid effort of 56-1.25 in the shot put, the other event in which he owns Bates’ record, taking 12th place in the event.
Pless is expected to compete for the Bobcats in tomorrow’s NESCAC Track & Field Championships, to be hosted by Bates. The meet starts at 9am at the Russell Street Track complex. He won the NESCAC shot put title last year, meanwhile setting the meet record.