Fakorede wins hammer throw on first day of NED3 Championships

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bates junior Adedire Fakorede won the hammer throw title on the first full day of the New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday at Williams College, leading the Bobcats into a tie for second place in the team standings.

Fakorede (Newark, N.J.), named NESCAC Men's Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer earlier this week, sent the hammer 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:

  • Sophomore Isaiah Seetram (Ajax, Ontario) 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).
  • Senior captain Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) ran the ninth-fastest time in the 100-meter dash trials, at 11.19 seconds, missing the finals by 0.01.

Bates is tied with host Williams with 22 points, trailing only MIT (34). The Bobcats finished second at the meet a year ago.