Bates track and field added two more trophies to their collection, as the men matched the women’s Maine State Championship on Friday with a title of their own on Saturday.
The Bobcat women dominated the field of Bowdoin, Southern Maine, Colby, Husson, and St. Joseph’s, notching 230 points, 58.5 more than runner-up Bowdoin. Out of the 19 events, Bates won eight and finished second in five. From freshman to senior, every member of the team stepped up on Friday. Srishti Sunil (long jump winner), Katherine Cook (3,000 meters champion), and Sally Ceesay (new Bates record in the triple jump with her winning jump, 37-5) are several freshmen who especially impressed.
In their final Maine State meet, the senior women ensured that they ended their careers by earning the state championship for a second straight year. Senior Elena Jay won the 5,000 meters, while her classmate Sarah Fusco triumphed in the 800 meters. Senior Colby Gail won the weight throw at 48-6.25, but that wasn’t all. Gail also set a meet record of 5-6 in the high jump on a day in which the Bobcat women made it clear that they were the best team in Maine.
Though their competition might have been a bit closer, the men’s team matched the women the next day. Bates posted 177 points to top Bowdoin’s 146, defeating fellow competitors Southern Maine, Colby, and St. Joseph’s as well. Senior Sean Enos led the way by seizing the title in both the shot put and weight throw, repeating his feat from last year.
In the weight throw, Enos’ teammates junior Nick Margitza and first-year Adedire Fakorede came in second and third place respectively. The other two event victories for the Bobcats were in the mile, where senior John Stansel narrowly won in 4:18.95, and in the pole vault, where first-year Garrett Anderson was victorious with a 14-1.25 jump.
Journeying away from their home track, Bates track will head to Boston University this weekend. They’ll look to show their competition why they’re the best in Maine.