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February 15, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Bates' Enos ranked No. 1 nationally in shot put

Sean Enos is currently ranked No. 1 in the country for Division 3 in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw. The Bates College junior captain and former St. John’s Prep star is having a sensational year and received the National Athlete of the Week award last month after taking over the top spot for shot putters.

“That kind of recognition felt pretty cool,” said Enos, who will represent the Bobcats in both events at the NCAA championship at Lincoln, Nebraska on March 14 and 15. “Right now I’m seeded first and hope to keep it going to see where it takes me. I know this also puts a big target on my back, but I am really motivated to keep the spot right through nationals.”

Enos threw the shot 55-feet-11 inches at the Bates Invitational, and finished second overall behind Maine’s Division 1 thrower Justin Gagne (57-1.5). He won the 35 pound weight throw (61-475), almost three feet better than the runner-up. Enos is the only man in Division 3 to throw better than 61 feet at two different meets this season.

“Being ranked fourth in the weight throw gives me good motivation to step it up,” said Enos, who is an outdoor All-American in the discus. “I will be pretty busy at nationals. The weight throw is on the first day and shot the second day. It takes a lot of determination to have a strong performance in both.”

Enos is following in the footsteps of multi-time All-American David Pless, who graduated last year after setting many school records. Enos is currently ranked second on the Bates all-time school shot put record list behind Pless and sixth in the weight throw. The best weight throw Pless had was 64-7.75 and shot put of 61-0.25.

“Pless captained the team for two years, and I hope to do it. I’m honored to be named captain as a junior,” said Enos. “I’m trying to move up on the school record lists as much as I can. It all starts with fall training, trying to best prepare yourself for the season. I was hoping for a breakout year, but I couldn’t imagine things going as well as they have so far.

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