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Big performances carry men's track to third place at NED3 Outdoor Championships

Bates men's track and field took third place out of 32 scoring teams Saturday at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, the Bobcats' eighth consecutive top-three finish at the meet. (Photo provided)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bates men's track and field won two more events en route to a final finish of third place out of 32 scoring teams Saturday at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, the Bobcats' eighth consecutive top-three finish at the meet.

Bates scored 84.5 points at the two-day meet, outpacing fourth-place and host Williams (76.5) by eight points for third place behind MIT (123) and Tufts (96). 

Junior Jack Kiely (Severna Park, Md.) claimed one of Bates' titles in the the 1,500-meter run, in a time of 3:51.43, which bested runner-up David Folsom of Williams by 0.67 seconds. It was Kiely's career-best time by a difference of 2.72 seconds. Kiely moved from fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event into third place, moving ahead of Nick Barron '13 and Noah Graboys '13.

And a day after he won the New England title in the hammer throw, junior Adedire Fakorede (Newark, N.J.) set personal records in the discus throw and shot put, finishing first in the former event and third in the latter. 

Fakorede, named NESCAC Men's Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer earlier this week, won the New England discus title for the second straight year with a top distance of 167-08, 29 inches beyond runner-up Sam Weeks of Worcester State and 17 inches past his former career-best. Fakorede moved ahead of Rich McNeil '10 into fourth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.

Fakorede's top mark effort in the shot traveled 52-04.50, only a quarter-inch behind second-place Weeks. He surpassed his former career-best in the shot by 20.25 inches and leaped from 10th place to seventh on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.

Other point-scoring, top-eight performances by the Bobcats on Saturday included:

  • Sophomore Tyler Harrington (Haverhill, Mass.) passed the 200-foot plateau in the javelin throw for the first time, placing third with a top distance of 203-04. The mark was his personal record by a margin of six feet and nine inches over his first-place NESCAC Championship mark one week ago. Harrington moved ahead of Chris Murtagh '11 and John Curtiss '63 into third place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • Senior Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) placed third in the 800-meter run in 1:52.54, his career-best time by 1.07 seconds, moving ahead of Nick Barron '13 into fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event.
  • Senior Jeffrey Jones (College Park, Ga.) placed third in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 46-11.50.
  • Junior Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) took fifth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:28.02 -- 6.82 seconds better than his previous PR of 9:34.84. Tonelli moves from 10th place on Bates' all-time performance list into seventh.
  • Senior Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) finished one place behind Tonelli, sixth out of 25 steeplechasers, in 9:36.37.
  • Junior Rob Flynn (Bedford, N.H.) placed seventh in the 800 meters in 1:54.28, his career-best time by 0.73 seconds.
  • Bates placed sixth in the 4x100 relay in 42.63 seconds. Sophomore Isaiah Seetram (Ajax, Ontario) led off, followed by sophomore Ryan Corley (Oakland, Calif.), sophomore Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) and senior Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.).
  • Bates placed seventh in the 4x400 relay: Corley, sophomore Mark Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), Flynn and Griffin finished in 3:20.87.
  • Bates also placed seventh in the 4x800 relay: first-year Gabe Benson (Maplewood, N.J.), Tonelli, senior Olin Carty (Des Moines, Iowa) and Kiely finished in 7:59.27.

Friday Recap

Fakorede won the hammer throw title at 180 feet and 8 inches, winning by a margin of more than 11 feet beyond runner-up Marcus Vieira of Worcester State. The two-time All-American finished fourth in the event at last year's meet.

Other standout performances on Friday included:

  • Seetram took fourth place in the long jump, with a top attempt of 22-0.75, scoring five team points.
  • Senior captain Blake Downey (Eliot, Maine) placed fourth in the decathlon with 5,471 points, one more than the career-high he established at the Bates Invitational earlier this season. Downey had the second-best pole vault in the field of 11, at 13-3.5, and third in the 1,500-meter run (5:03.26). 
  • First-year Brendan Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) placed seventh in the decathlon with 4,966 points, scoring two team points for the Bobcats. Donahue had the third-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles portion of the event (16.91).

Bates returns to Williams College next weekend for the all-divisions Open New Englands.