After our last week of classes, we took a break from studying for finals to get geared up for the post-season down at MIT. There were some impressive performances in the throws, especially from Chris Murtagh, who got back into his stride in the javelin, throwing a lifetime best 190-3, qualifying provisionally for nationals, winning the event, and putting him fourth on the Bates all time. Also in the javelin, Duncan threw a PR of 167-1, placing third. Murtagh kept things going in the hammer, winning the event, with Rich in second and Mark in fourth. The discus was another exciting one, as Ethan threw a huge PR of 150-08 for the win, putting him eighth on the Bates all time list. Ethan also showed he's got his form back in the shot, placing third with a throw of 47-11, less than an inch off of his indoor PR. Rich was first in the shot, improving upon his provisional national qualifying mark in the event with a heave of 52-2.5, placing him second on the Bates all time list.
On the track, Quinn ran his first meet of the season, placing second in the 100 in 11.17. Bates took places two through six in the event. Quinn also placed second in the 200 in 22.58. Pat Carroll also had a great day in the 200, running 22.94. In the 1500, LePage and Swayze placed second and third, running 4:06 and 4:07, respectively. Many of the distance runners went down in distance for the weekend, resting up for states. Wortham and Eric were two such runners, who showed they're ready to go, both running 4:11 in the 1500. Graham and Stitch ran the steeple for the first time, and while trying to get a feel for the event, ended up battling each other in a fierce last 200 meters, both running 10:29, with Graham getting the slight edge. Silver also ran a PR of 11:16 in the steeple.
The team will come back in full force next weekend at Colby for the State of Maine meet.