Hosting their second and final meet of the season, Bates’ men’s and women’s track and field were able to take home wins in the Bates Invitational in Merrill Gym. The men competed against Colby, Southern Maine, and St. Joseph’s college. Bates got first place with a point total of 227; trailing them for second was Colby with 106. Southern Maine only participated in the heptathlon and scored 20 points, while St. Joseph’s college scored four points.
The men had a very solid day, sweeping multiple events. Bates took control of the first five spots in the 3,000 meters, led by junior Evan Ferguson-Hull in first with a time of 8:44.24, sophomore Ben Tonelli in second with a time of 8:47.42 and senior Gregg Heller in third with a time of 8:56.47. They also swept the top three spots in the 600 meters, with junior captain Patrick Griffin guiding the way with a mark of 1:23.65. Sophomore Rob Flynn came second, clocking in at 1:26.06 and senior Jake Nemeroff was third with 1:28.09. Bates swept all six scoring spots in the shot put; leading the charge was senior and captain Nick Margitza. His throw of 52 feet and 11 inches was enough to take first place. Some other notable performance came from sophomore Adedire Fakorede, who took first place in the weight throw with a mark of 53-3.75, sophomore Garrett Anderson, who won the pole vault in 13-5.25, first-year Edward James, who won the high jump at 5-8, and sophomore Kawai Marin, who won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.05 seconds. Junior Blake Downey spoke on his team’s performance this weekend: “This weekend’s meet was interesting because it was basically a dual meet with Colby so there were a lot less competitors in some of the events, which meant that we needed to push ourselves to compete and meet our marks. The second meet of the season is always one where we see a lot of improvements throughout the team because everyone has shaken out their first meet jitters. We’ve got a really young team so it was great to see confidence developing in all of our younger guys in their respective events. Across the board there were a lot of impressive performances and we plan to continue the momentum through this weekend, which we see as a qualifying weekend, and then into the state meet in a few weeks, which will be a big test for us.”
The women competed against Colby, Husson, and St. Joseph’s College. They took first place with a point total of 211, a comfortable lead over the runner-ups Colby with 105 points. Husson was third with 68 and St. Joseph’s fourth with 17.
There was a lot of movement again on the Bates’ all-time performance list with severa; very strong outings. Junior Allison Hill won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.12 seconds, posting a preliminary time of 9.09, which is 0.01 off her own team record. Hill also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.84 and placed second in the 60-meter dash in a career-best 8.23 seconds, moving her into fourth place on Bates’ all-time performance list in the event. Senior Elyse Rubchinuk won her first career pentathlon with 2,782 points, moving into sixth place on the team’s all-time performance list.Sophomore Srishti Sunil won the long jump with a mark of 16-6.5. She also placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.78 seconds, going into fourth place on Bates’ all-time performance list. Sunil was also fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.31, which places her in a tie with Lizzy Carleton for fifth place on the team’s all-time performance list. First-year Katie Hughes placed third in the shot put with a mark of 35-11.25, which moves her into ninth place on the team’s all-time performance. Honorable mentions go to senior captain Elena Schroeder, who won the 400 meters in a time of 1:02.58, first-year Shelby Burns, who won the high jump after clearing 4-8.25, and sophomore Sally Ceesay, who won the triple jump with a distance of 34-11.25.
Bates will split their team up and compete in the BU Terrier Classic and USM Invitational this weekend.