By splitting up their athletes into separate contingents at the Boston University Terrier Classic and University of Southern Maine Invitational, Bates track ensured that a number of runners and throwers had successful weekends.
At USM, the Bates men finished with the second-most points out of eight teams, right behind the hosts. Senior Jake Nemeroff (800 meters) and sophomore Matthew Morris (mile) both won their events, while Bates had several other athletes record top-three finishes. The distance medley relay team of first-years Nicholas Johnson and Jonathan Sheehan, and sophomores Morris and Kawai Martin won with a time of 11:26.69.
The Terrier Classic was highlighted by three personal best showings that earned junior captain Patrick Griffin, senior captain Nick Margitza, and senior Allen Sumrall spots on Bates’ all-time performance list. Sumrall’s time of 14:35.84 in the 5,000 meters was the best for the Bates runner in the event since 2005, and the fourth-best ever. Margitza threw the shot put an incredible 54-6, maintaining his position at number four on the Bates all-time list and besting his personal best by nearly a foot, while Griffin’s 1:53.66 time in the 800 meters is the third-quickest in Bates history.
Junior Allison Hill also recorded a personal best at BU for the Bates women. Her time of 26.03 seconds in the 200 meters shifted her from eighth to fifth on Bates’ all-time list. Jess Wilson ’17 ran the mile in 5:07.45, the eighth-best time ever in the event by a Bates woman.
The Bates women who competed at the USM Invitational matched their male counterparts by coming in second out of nine teams at the meet. Many athletes excelled for the Bobcats, as first-year Shelby Burns (high jump), sophomores Katherine Cook (mile), Julia Nemy (800 meters), and Sally Ceesay (triple jump), and senior captain Elena Schroeder (600 meters) all won their respective events.
Both the men and women will aim to defend their Maine State titles this weekend.