CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates senior Adedire Fakorede won the New England title in the discus throw for the third consecutive year, while sophomore Brendan Donahue finished off a second-place performance in the decathlon, to highlight Friday's action for the Bobcats in the New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at MIT.
With most of the meet to be decided Saturday, Bates is in second place in team points with 29, trailing only the host Engineers (54).
Fakorede (Newark, N.J.), this week's ECAC Division III North Field Athlete of the Week, scored 10 of those points by throwing the discus 171-9 on his best effort of the day, outdistancing runner-up Richard Bratten of MIT by more than seven feet.
Bates received another 11 points from a trio of runners in the 10,000 meters. Senior Matt Morris (Bethesda, Md.) placed fourth in 32:44.87, while senior Zach Magin (West Hartford, Conn.) took fifth place (33:06.27) and junior Henry Colt (Whatley, Mass.) placed seventh (33:21.64). Senior captain Stephen Rowe (Gambier, Ohio) placed ninth at 33:28.00, one place out of team scoring.
Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored a career-best 5,699 points in the decathlon to place second only to Westfield State's William Canty. Donahue's previous best score was 5,480 points, scored at the Silfen Invitational in April.
Personal-best marks were registered in the long jump (20-7.25), 110-meter hurdles (16.30), 100-meter dash (11.80) and discus throw (107-10.25). Donahue scored highest in the field of seven decathletes in the high jump (5-10). He now moves onto Bates' all-time top 10 in the event, into eighth place.
Other notable performances by the Bobcats on Friday included:
- Senior Tom Endean (McLean, Va.) notched a career-best mark, at 149-0.75, missing eighth place and a team point by one place.
- Sophomore Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded a career-best time of 15.50 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, placing 10th out of 30 athletes. He also placed 15th in the long jump (21-2.5).
- Junior Tyler Harrington (Haverhill, Mass.) placed 12th in the javelin (176-6.5), while first-year Zack Smith (Waterville, Maine) placed 16th (164-0).
The action starts again at 10am on Saturday.