Men’s indoor track opened their 2016 season with a home opener against Colby, MIT, and Southern Maine this past Saturday.

Bates’ men’s team placed third at the end of the day with 131 points, winning three events. Coming in first was MIT with 266 points, in second was Southern Maine with 137 points, and last place was Colby with 68 points.

There were multiple notable and historic performances. Junior Blake Downey finished third in the 60-meter hurdles, and his time of 9.21 seconds moved him into tenth best all-time at Bates. First-year Mark Fusco placed second in the 600 meters with a time of 1:24.51, tying Mark McCauley’s 2013 time for ninth place all-time on Bates’ performance list. Veteran and senior captain Allen Sumrall snagged second place in the 3,000-meter race with a final time of 8:44.96. The captains showed why they hold their titles, as fellow senior captain Nick Margitza took first in the shot put with a mark of 52-1 and junior captain Patrick Griffin won the 800 meters in 1:58.21.

As for the women, they too hosted Colby and MIT and took second place with 126 points, 36 shy of first-place MIT. Colby finished third with 76 points. Some especially strong performances came from first-year Wendy Memishan, who placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:29.28, sophomore Sally Ceesay, who won the triple jump with a mark of 35-4.5, and junior Allison Hill, who placed first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.15 seconds. Hill also placed in second in the 200 meters with a time of 26.89, which puts her in fourth place on Bates’ all-time performance list. The women also won the distance medley relay with a time of 13:03.09 and the 4×200 relay, finishing in 1:49:10.

Junior Jess Wilson commented on the team’s performance: “Our season opener was very promising this past weekend, we had a lot of standout performances as well as strong depth throughout all events. Our freshman in particular stepped it up and performed spectacularly across all events, from the throws, to the sprints, jumps, and distance events. Overall it was a very encouraging first meet and I expect great things from our team this season. Hopefully we can keep our winning streak going and keep the state trophy this year for the third year in a row.”

Next Saturday both the men and women will host their second and final home meet of the season, entertaining the Bates Invitational. They will look to keep building momentum from the season opener.