The team captured the State of Maine title on Saturday quite convincingly, amassing 251 points, topping Bowdoin's 175, Colby's 108, and USM's 76. Murtagh earned the Tootel award for most outstanding field performer with victories in the hammer and disc, and runner-up performances in the jav and shot. Duncan continued his undefeated season in the jav, while also picking up third in the triple jump with only one attempt.
The throwers were not the only ones to play a dominant role. The team was strong in numerous events, such as the 110 hurdles, in which Tony, Jarrett, and Epler swept the top three positions. Tony and Epler also secured second and third in the high jump. Tim ran a strong 100, finishing third in 11.42.
Bates matched or exceeded each of the other team's point totals in every event from 800 up, other than the steeple, in which the Bates squad can certainly not be faulted for sweeping spots three through seven, with Ben Chebot and Graham Pearsall running PR's of 9:54 and 9:56, respectively. In the 5,000, Noah battled it out up front against Bowdoin's Sam Seekins, the two running neck and neck until the final 300, in which Noah flew to a three second victory in 15:07. Elmo also had a solid race, running a five second PR of 15:19 to finish fourth. In the 10,000, Sweetums, in his only track race of the year, and Jag put on a strong move in the last 400 to grab places two and three, while Taska ran a 23 second PR of 33:27 to claim fifth.
The field went out at a leisurely pace in the 1500, setting things up for a strong kick from Espo, who took the win, reprising his 1500 state title from 2009, when Bates last hosted the meet. Barron was edged into fourth after leading much of the race, but managed to come back for a third place finish in the 800, in which LePage finished second.