The track season started up this past Saturday at the annual Bates Pentathlon, where Bates fielded three competitors, all freshmen, against stiff competition in two athletes from USM and five from Tufts. Jesse Chapman was the top Bates competitor, finishing fourth with a score of 3,137, the seventh best in Bates history. Chapman's score qualified him for the New England Division III Championships, hosted this year by Bates, and the ECAC championships. Chapman also qualified for New England's in the 60 meter hurdles, with a time of 8.89.
David Hardison finished ninth with 2,740 points, and Tony Haeuser finished tenth with 2,694 points. Hardison's score was only 160 points away from qualifying him for New England's, and Haeuser's 60 meter hurdle time of 8.91 qualified him for New England's in the event. Both showed considerable potential in various events, and along with Chapman should be great assets to the team.
Bates now goes on winter break from December 19-January 10, over which team members hope to get some good training such that when everyone reconvenes the team will be ready for a successful season.