With their third place finish at the Maine State Meet, Bates men’s track and field run of three consecutive state titles came to an end. Bates scored 47 points, which was one shy of Southern Maine for second place. Bowdoin took the title with 175 points, while Colby took fourth with 81 points and St. Joseph placed last with one point.
Senior captain Nick Margitza had a dominating performance, taking first place in both the shot put and weight throw. He threw for 54 feet and 6 inches in the shot, and in his first weight throw of the season he was able to throw a meet best 55-3.5. Margitza is currently sitting at sixth in Division III in the shot put. Another notable performance came from sophomore Rob Flynn, who won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.15, 0.04 ahead of the runner-up. Other top performers included sophomore Jack Kiely, who won the 1,000 meters in 2:34.30, sophomore Adedire Fakorede, who took runner-up to Margitza in the weight throw with a mark of 54-2.75, junior captain Patrick Griffin (second in the 800 meters, in 1:58.01), and first-year Mark Fusco (second in the 600 meters with a time of 1:22.31).
While the men snapped their streak, the women added to theirs, taking home their third straight Maine State Meet, scoring 214 points. Coming in second was Colby with 176.5 points, in third Bowdoin with 149.5 points, in fourth Southern Maine with 138 points, in fifth Husson with 38 points, and in last place St. Joseph with six points.
Bates relied heavily on the depth of their team in this highly competitive meet, only winning two of the events at the meet. Junior Claire Markonic won one of the two, as she won the 400-meter dash in 1:00.30, and first-year Ayden Eickoff took the other victory, winning the 800 meters in 2:17.94. That puts her sixth all-time on Bates’ performance list in that event. Some honorable mentions go out to junior Jess, Wilson who placed second in the mile with a career best time of 5:01.83, moving her to fourth all-time on Bates’ performance list in this event. Senior Alexis Dickinson placed second in the 60-meter dash with a mark of 8.02 seconds, and Allison Hill took 0.07 seconds off of her own team record in the 60-meter hurdles. She then broke her former record of 9.08 seconds with a mark of 9.06 in preliminary rounds, then went on to finish in 9.01 seconds in the final. Hill placed in the top three in three events: she was second in the 60 hurdles in 9.01 seconds; she also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.24, and was third in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 8.14 and moving into third place on the team’s all-time list with a preliminary time of 8.11.
Hill was very pleased with the team’s performance, commenting, “It was really exciting to get our third consecutive state meet title. We have a pretty young team and the fact that we only won two events just goes to show the real depth of our team. Every person did their absolute best and contributed to the overall team score in some way. I’m looking forward to championship season to see everyone’s performances improve even more.”
Both the men and women will next be traveling to Boston to compete in the BU Invitational this weekend.