Fakorede named New England Division III Field Athlete of the Year

Adedire Fakorede became Bates' fourth athlete to win New England Division III Field Athlete of the Year honors in the award's 11-year existence on May 23, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW ORLEANS -- Bates College junior Adedire Fakorede was named Men's Field Athlete of the Year in the New England Region on Tuesday as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its year-end awards leading into this week's NCAA Division III Championships.

Fakorede (Newark, N.J.) is ranked second nationally among Division III athletes in the discus throw, with a top mark of 177-9, and he is ninth in the hammer throw (189-9). He will compete in both events this week at NCAAs, taking place at the University of Mount Union in Geneva, Ohio: the discus starts at 1pm Thursday and the hammer throw is Saturday at 1:30.

The two-time All-American also made big strides in the shot put, where he is ranked 25th in DIII (52-4.5).

Earlier this outdoor season Fakorede 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.

Fakorede is the fourth Bates Bobcat to win the New England Division III Men's Field Athlete of the Year award, which originated in 2007. Bates athletes have won it seven times in its 11-year existence. Previous winners are Sean Enos (2014), David Pless (2013, 2014, 2015) and Noah Gauthier (2007, 2008).

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