Throwing a Party

Longtime Bates throwing coach Joe Woodhead was honored prior to the annual Maine Men's Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships Feb. 7, with the naming of the throwing circle inside Merrill to be officially renamed the Joseph Woodhead All-American Throwing Area. Some of his former athletes made inaugural throws inside the area, including  Joe Welch '94, Bill McEvila '99, Lucas Adams '00, Jaime Sawler '02, Scott Cooper '05, Dustin Gauthier '05, Noah Gauthier '08 and Rich McNeil '10, and from the women's team, Keelin Godsey '06 and Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10. 

Erika Bristol ’99 hugs her former throwing coach, Joe Woodhead, after she made one of the inaugual weight throws to help [intlink id=”2147″ type=”post”]dedicate of the Joseph Woodhead All-American Throwing Area[/intlink] in Merrill Gym in February. The event also celebrated renovations to the gym and Slovenski Track that included a new Mondo surface for track and tennis plus much-improved lighting. Woodhead has guided Bates throwers to 39 All-America honors and six NCAA championships in a quarter-century.

Photograph by Louisa Demmitt ’09

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