GENEVA, Ohio -- Bates junior Adedire Fakorede placed 17th in the hammer throw, concluding the season for himself and the Bates men's track and field team Saturday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, held at SPIRE Institute.
Fakorede (Newark, N.J.), who slipped and fell during warmups for the discus throw on Thursday, missed the finals with a top effort of 166-1.5 on his third and final attempt of the day. Fakorede's season- and career-best mark of 189-9 won him the NESCAC title and had him seeded ninth in the event.
The Bobcats sent four athletes who competed in five events at the three-day national championship meet. Bates placed in the top 20 in each event but did not score points with a top-eight finish. Sophomore Tyler Harrington (Haverhill, Mass.) placed 13th in the javelin throw on Friday, senior Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) took 14th place in the 800 meters on Saturday; junior Jack Kiely (Severna Park, Md.) took 19th place in the 1,500 meters on Friday, and Fakorede placed 19th in the discus, 17th in the hammer.
Fakorede, a two-time All-American, earlier this week was named New England Division III Field Athlete of the Year. Earlier this season he also won the Sabasteanski Award as the most outstanding performer at the NESCAC Championships, and for the second straight year he won the Tootel Award as top field athlete at the Maine State Championships.