Kiely takes seventh place in the mile at NCAA Championships

Bates senior Jack Kiely took seventh place in the men's mile on March 10, 2018 at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning his first career All-America honor. (d3photography.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bates senior Jack Kiely took seventh place in the men's mile Saturday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning his first career All-America honor.

Running on the banked track of the Birmingham CrossPlex, Kiely (Severna Park, Md.) finished in 4:12.57, 0.05 behind sixth-place Casey Roberts of Wartburg and 0.03 ahead of Max Brown of Emory. Brown was 0.24 seconds ahead of Washington and Lee's MacKenzye Leroy for the eighth and final All-America spot.

Kiely had qualified for the race with Friday's trial time of 4:13.37. He was seeded eighth going in, based on his season-best time of 4:09.14 run at Boston University two weeks ago.

Kiely becomes Bates' 41st All-American in men's indoor track and field, and the fourth ever in the mile or the 1,500 meters, joining Jamie Goodberlet '85, Matt Twiest '00 and John Stansel '15.

Kiely's performance scored two team points for the Bobcats, putting Bates in a five-way tie for 55th place out of 99 participating teams at the meet.