Griffin lands NCAA berth in 800 meters; Fakorede scores big personal record in discus at MIT

Senior Patrick Griffin qualified to run the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships with his career-best performance at MIT on May 18, 2017. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates senior captain Patrick Griffin recorded a career-best time in the 800-meter run, enough to land a berth in next week's NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while junior Adedire Fakorede notched a huge personal best in the discus throw Thursday at the MIT Final Qualifying Meet.

Griffin (Harvard, Mass.) finished the 800 meters with the fastest time in the field, a personal record of 1:51.22, which moved him up from fifth place to fourth place on Bates' all-time performance list in the event. Junior Rob Flynn's (Bedford, N.H.) 1:52.82 was also a personal record and moved him from sixth place all-time at Bates to fifth place.

Fakorede's top attempt in the discus throw soared 177 feet and 9 inches, 10 feet and 1 inch beyond his previous career best of 167-8. Fakorede's effort leapfrogged him over Nathaniel Wheatley '91 and Sean Enos '15 for second place on Bates' all-time list. The Bates record is owned by David Pless '13 at 180-8, less than three feet past Fakorede's mark.

Other highlights from the Bobcats included:

  • First-year Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) high-jumped a career-best 6 feet, 7.5 inches. The effort moved Kimpolo-Pene from fifth place on Bates' all-time performance list into a tie for second place with Peter Kipp's mark from 1978. Only Matt Schecter '89 is ahead of the freshman, with his Bates-record height of 6-10. Kimpolo-Pene's effort puts him in a tie for 28th place in the national Division III rankings.
  • Junior Tom Endean (McLean, Va.) recorded a personal record in the discus at 134-9.
  • Sophomore Zachary Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) threw the hammer a career-best 157-3.
  • Senior Colin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) ran a wind-aided 10.95 seconds in the 100-meter trials, and followed with a non-wind-aided 11.06 in the finals, his season-best time and 0.02 off of his career best.

Accepted entries to the NCAA Championships, taking place May 25-27 at the University of Mount Union in Geneva, Ohio, will be announced Saturday, with 20 entries in each individual event. At this point it appears that the Bates men's team will have Fakorede competing in the discus, where he is ranked second in the country, and the hammer, where is ranked seventh, as well as sophomore Tyler Harrington (11th in the javelin) and Griffin (13th in the 800).