Courtesy Bates Sports Information
LEWISTON, Maine – Meet host Bates College won its second men's team title and Williams College claimed its 20th women's crown on Saturday at the 2012 NESCAC Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Bates men outscored runner-up Tufts 156.25 to 146.25 for their second-ever NESCAC title, powered by junior and four-time All-American David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.), who won all three of his throwing events -- the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw -- breaking the meet standard in both the shot put and hammer and setting facility records in all three. A day after breaking the Bates team record in the discus at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pless broke his own meet record in the shot put at 17.42 meters, won the hammer at 59.34 meters, and the discus at 53.58 meters.
Middlebury took third place with 124 points, and Williams College finished fourth with 111.75 points, breaking a string of 11 straight years in which the Ephs have won the conference championship (including a tie with Tufts in 2007). The last time Williams didn't claim the conference title was 2000 -- Bates' other championship year. Bowdoin, which nipped Bates in the final event of the meet, the distance medley relay, with the same foursome that won the NCAA indoor championship in March (a fraction of a second ahead of Bates), finished fifth with 104 points. Rounding out the team standings, Wesleyan was sixth with 52, followed closely by Amherst with 49; Colby was eighth with 40, Connecticut College was ninth (19), Hamilton was 10th (15.75) and Trinity was 11th (1).
Middlebury senior Michael Schmidt and Colby junior Dominique Kone won two events apiece, with Schmidt impressively finishing first in both the 5,000 (14:48.04) and 10,000 meters (31:33.18), his fourth 10,000-meter title. Kone took first place in the 100 meters (10.56) and 200 (21.70), breaking the meet record in the 100 and breaking the facility record in both events.
Other facility records broken in the men's meet included Bowdoin's time of 10:22.23 in the distance medley relay, Williams' 4x400 relay (3:20.85); Middlebury sophomore Kevin Chu's winning time of 14.71 seconds in the 110 high hurdles; Tufts junior Gbola Ajayi's mark of 7.13 meters in the long jump; and Wesleyan senior Tommie Lark's 14.62-meter mark in the triple jump.
The Williams women's team won their 12th NESCAC title in a row and 20th overall, scoring 180 points, 21 ahead of runner-up Tufts (159). Middlebury was right behind Tufts with 157, followed by the conference's three Maine schools: Bowdoin fourth with 99.5, Colby fifth with 58 and host Bates a half-point behind the Mules with 57.5. Amherst was seventh with 52, followed by Wesleyan (43), Connecticut College (10) and Hamilton (3).
Middlebury senior Margo Cramer fought through high winds to set the meet record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a winning time of 10:28.66. Cramer also finished first in the 1,500 meters, breaking the facility record. Bowdoin senior Elsa Millett was the other multiple event winner in the women's meet, crossing the finish line first in both the 200 (25.41) and the 400 (57.35).
Tufts' Kelly Allen broke her own meet record in the discus, with a top effort of 48.24 meters exceeding last year's mark of 46.44 meters. Competing inside Merrill Indoor Gymnasium due to high winds outside, Williams' Jenna Adams also set a meet record in the pole vault, topping out at 3.60 meters.
Colby sophomore Annabelle Hicks set meet and facility records in the 100-meter dash with her preliminary heat time of 12.15 seconds, but Tufts first-year Christina Harvey outleaned Hicks in the finals with a winning time of 12.32.
Other facility records broken in the women's meet included Middlebury senior Mia Martinez's time of 14.53 in the 100 hurdles; Williams' 4x400 relay (3:58.04); Middlebury junior Grace Doering in the high jump (1.66 meters); and Tufts senior Nakeisha Jones in the triple jump (11.92 meters).
The host Bobcats put their stamp on the meet in the final event, winning the 4x800 relay virtually wire to wire in 9:24.86, on legs run by Sarah Fusco, Kallie Nixon, Lisa Reedich and Bud Arens.
|Women Final Standings||Men Final Standings|
|2. Tufts||159||2. Tufts
|3. Middlebury||157||3. Middlebury||124|
|4. Bowdoin||99.5||4. Williams||111.75|
|5. Colby||58||5. Bowdoin||104|
|8. Wesleyan||43||8. Colby||40|
|9. Connecticut College
||10||9. Connecticut College