An exceptional performance for the Bates men was ultimately overshadowed by a 6-point deficit to rivals Bowdoin College in one of the most competitive meets in recent memory.
Bates got its usual strong start behind a 1-3 finish in the weight for Pless and Sean Enos. Pless would go on to set a new meet record in the shot at 58'1", though his final throw of over 59'6" was disallowed for a foul.
In other events, Bates went toe-to-toe with Bowdoin all the way through, led by wins in the 4x800 Blackout Relay, Noah in the 3000 and Eric Wainman in the high jump. In the 60m hurdles, Tony, Jarret, David Hardison, and Charley Kenyon went 1-2-3-5 in a dominant performance. Isaiah took second in the 60 and 200, edging out Bowdoin competition in the last meter of each race.
There were several other notable performances:
James placed second in the 800m at 1:56.58
Tully took second in the 1000 at 2:33.33 and fourth in the mile at 4:20.06
In addition to his win in the 3000 (8:43.83), Noah placed third in the mile at 4:19.69
John Wisener took second in the vault at 14'1.25"