Men's track takes seventh place out of 27 teams in NED3 Indoor Championships

Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene placed second in the high jump at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 18, 2017 at Tufts. (File photo: Tom Leonard '78) 

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates men's track and field team placed second in three events en route to a seventh-place finish among 29 point-scoring teams Saturday at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Championships, held at Tufts.

Bates scored 45 points, three points shy of sixth-place Coast Guard and 8.5 ahead of eighth-place WPI. It is the eighth straight year Bates has placed among the top seven teams at the meet.

First-year Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) placed second in the high jump, clearing the bar at a season-best 6-6. Kimpolo-Pene moved from ninth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event into a tie for seventh place with Darin Edler.

Junior Adedire Fakorede (Newark, N.J.) took second place in the weight throw with a top effort of 59-1.25, recorded on his first attempt of the day. Fakorede maintained his lead until the final round.

Junior Rob Flynn (Bedford, N.H.) took second place in the 600-meter run with a career-best time of 1:22.44, 0.05 ahead of third-place Nathan Hill of Middlebury.

Other top-eight, All-New England, point-scoring performances by Bates included:

  • Senior captain Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.69.
  • Bates took fifth place in the 4x400 relay, with sophomore Michael Somma (Colts Neck, N.J.), sophomore Ryan Corley (Oakland, Calif.), Flynn and Griffin finishing in 3:24.58
  • First-year James Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took sixth place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:05.24, while junior Zach Magin (West Hartford, Conn.) came in eighth (15:11.44).
  • Senior captain Blake Downey (Eliot, Maine) placed seventh in the heptathlon with 4,094 points.
  • Senior captain Jeffrey Jones (College Park, Ga.) placed seventh in the triple jump (44-8). 
  • Senior Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) placed seventh in the 3,000 meters (8:39.33).
  • Bates placed eighth in the distance medley relay race, with sophomore Nico Johnson (Frederick, Md.), sophomore Frank Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), first-year Gabe Benson (Maplewood, N.J.) and junior Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) recording a time of 10:42.42.

Bates will compete next weekend in the all-divisions Open New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.