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ADAMS, BRISTOL SET SCHOOL RECORDS IN WEIGHT THROWS
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College seniors Lucas Adams of Nottingham, N.H., and Erika Bristol of Pittsfield, Mass., both set school records and improved their qualifying standards in their respective weight throws at the Feb. 5 Quad Cup track and field event at the Slovenski Indoor Track.
Adams, a two-time
All-American in the 35-pound weight throw for the
won his event with a throw of 64 feet, 2 inches, shattering the previous
mark of 60-2 3/4 set by Peter Goodrich in 1989 by nearly four feet. Adams,
who had already been provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III
Championships, reached the automatic standard with the best throw in the
nation to date. A similar toss at the NCAA championships would have set a
national Division III record. The throw could potentially have gone
farther if not for a protective barrier for spectators.
Bristol won the
women's 20-pound weight throw with a heave of 48
1/2 inches. The toss broke the school record of 48-4 1/2, set by Candice
Poiss in 1992. With the victory, Bristol improved her provisional
qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships. She is now ranked seventh in
the nation in the 20 pound weight. The school record was the second of the
season for Bristol, who earlier this year broke the school mark in the
shot put with a throw of 36 feet, two inches.