State of Maine Championships
MEN'S TRACK CLAIMS STATE OF MAINE TITLE
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- With Bobcat athletes claiming 10 of the 20 titles up for grabs, Bates head coach Al Fereshetian claimed an elusive triple, winning State of Maine championships in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same year.
As has been the case for much of the season, the Bobcats' largest contributions came in the field events, where they claimed all but two state crowns. Senior jumper Aron Shapiro (Lexington, Mass.) led the way, winning the long jump (20-4 3/4) and the triple jump (41-0), while also taking second in the javelin (175-5). First-year Greg Hurley (Arlington, Mass.) followed up his NESCAC javelin title with the state championship (185-0). Senior Peter Beeson (Novelty, Ohio) captured the pole vault title (13-6), while juniors Lucas Adams (Nottingham, N.H.) and Jeff Snyder (Glastonbury, Conn.) won the discus throw (144-10) and the high jump (6-3), respectively.
In the running events, Bates did extremely well in the distance events. The Bobcats were paced by junior Mike Danahy (So. Windsor, Conn.), who won the 5,000-meters (15:15.92), an event he is already qualified for the NCAA Championships in. Sophomore Chris Lupo (Portsmouth, R.I.) took home state honors in the 10,000-meter run (34:21.39) by more than one minute, while senior Chris Terry (Needham, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:00) by 11 seconds over teammate Justin Bates. The Bobcats' lone victory in the sprints came from sophomore school-record holder Erik Zwick (Virginia Beach, Va.), who won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22 seconds even.
The Bobcats easily outdistanced second-place Colby, 240.5 to 167.5. Bowdoin came in third with 154 points, while Southern Maine rounded out the field with 48 points.