In honor of Coach Woodhead, who passed away in the fall, the Bates throwers performed phenomenally well this past weekend, continuing what has been a great season thus far. Woodhead's wife, Mary Ellen Woodhead, was in attendance to witness the men's throwers post nine personal bests, and the women's throwers post eight. Woodhead was a key component of the Bates track program for his 25 years here, leading athletes to 43 All-American awards, and Six National Championship awards, molding his pupils into some of the greatest athletes at Bates.
While the whole team is missing him, the throwers have taken the lessons he instilled in them, and have worked exceptionally hard over the past several months to carry on the Bates throwing tradition. Thus far, their work has paid off, as they have crushed all the competition that has come their way. Murtagh, Ethan, and Sara Ellen have already qualified provisionally for nationals, and Pless is not all that far behind. The entire squad seems to be full of boundless energy, and hopefully they can do some serious damage this weekend and lead the team to a dominant performance at States.