March 12, 1999  

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ADA, Ohio - Bates College juniors Lucas Adams of Nottingham, N.H., and Michael Danahy of So. Windsor, Conn., both earned All-America honors today at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Northern University today.

Adams, competing in the 35-pound weight throw, placed third overall with a personal-best heave of 59 feet, 9 1/4 inches, good for third nationally. This is the second career All-America bid for Adams, who placed sixth in the nation a year ago. He is the second-straight Bates weight thrower to have the highest place among New England competitors.

Danahy was named an All-American for the first time in his career, also placing third, competing in the 5,000-meter run. His time of 14:52.63 was one-tenth of a second out of second place. This was Danahy's second trip to an NCAA championship this year, as he also participated in the men's cross country Division III national championships.

Behind the outstanding performances, the Bobcats ended up in a tie for ninth place overall with 12 points, marking the third-straight year the Bobcats have finished among the top 10 at the NCAA indoor track and field championships. This is the third-best finish in school history for Bates, behind last year's eighth-place finish and a fifth-place finish in 1989. The Bobcats were second among New England teams, behind Amherst College (eighth place, 16 points) and just ahead of Brandeis University and Springfield College, who each tied for 12th place with 10 points.

"These two young men had outstanding performances," said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian. "Last year we sent twice as many athletes and finished with as many points, so these performances were particularly impressive."

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