LEWISTON, Maine — Reigning NCAA indoor shot put champion David Pless broke his own school record with an effort of 56-10, leading 20th-ranked Bates to a second place finish out of seven teams — behind only Division I Maine — at the Bates Invitational on Saturday at Merrill Indoor Gymnasium.
The Black Bears of Maine won the team scoring with 275 points, followed by Bates with 204, Southern Maine with 106, Colby with 58, Lasell with 29, Gordon with 11 and St. Joseph’s (Me.) with five.
Pless had a top effort of 17.32 meters, or 56 feet-10 inches, surpassing by four inches the Bates record he set in winning the NCAA title last March. The Bates junior also won the weight throw with a personal-record distance of 58-2.
Sean Enos also had an outstanding meet in the throwing circle, taking second place in the shot put with a throw of 50-9.5 and fourth place in the weight throw with a toss of 48-1.25.
Anthony Haeuser won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55 seconds, while Jarret McKallagat finished third in 8.78. Haeuser also finished third in the high jump with a mark of 5-11.25.
The Bobcats took the first two spots in the pole vault, with Sam Goldstein winning at 15-1 and John Wisener coming in second at 13-5.25.