While the throwers are a consistent cornerstone of the Bates tack program, they outdid themselves this weekend at Colby, as Murtagh, Ethan, and Pless all threw their best ever marks in the hammer, shot, and discus, breaking two school records in the process. Murtagh eclipsed the former hammer record of 193-7, set last year by Rich McNeil, with his throw of 196-4. His throw surpasses marks set by twelve all-americans and four national champions from Bates, and qualifies him automatically for this year's national championships.
In the shot put, Pless tied the school record of 54-3.25, immediately after which Ethan threw 54-4.75, setting a new school record. The discus was, perhaps, even more impressive. Pless put his former PR of 153-9 to shame with his 164-11 victory. Murtagh was not far off with his throw of 160-10, and Ethan rounded things out at 155-6.
On the track, much of the team took things easy in anticipation of the upcoming championship season, though Bates still amassed victories in several events. Jarrett's 15.1 victory in the 110 hurdles stands out as particularly noteworthy. Next weekend Bates hosts the Men's State of Maine Championships, hoping to defend last year's crown.