Men's track scores in five more events, finishes 15th at Open New Englands

Ryan Nealis helped Bates place eighth in the 4x800 relay along with Jack Kiely (left) at Open New Englands at Dartmouth College on May 12, 2018. Kiely also placed seventh in the 1,500 meters. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

HANOVER, N.H. -- The Bates men's track and field team scored in five additional events in Saturday's action at Open New Englands at Dartmouth, to place 15th out of 36 scoring teams at the all-divisions meet.

Bates' eight scoring performances over two days added up to 24 team points, good for 15th place among 36 scoring teams at the meet. Southern Connecticut State won with 113.5 points. Bates was sixth among Division III teams.

Saturday's highlights included:

  • Senior Adedire Fakorede (Newark, N.J.) placed second in the discus throw (164-1) and seventh in the shot put (50-5.25), a day after placing fifth in the hammer, for 14 team points in all.
  • Sophomore Brendan Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) set a new personal record in the decathlon by 204 points, with 5,903. Donahue's previous PR in the event came a week ago at the New England Division III Championships, where he placed second with 5,699 points. in the 100-meter dash (11.78), discus throw (124-0), javelin throw (158-6), 110-meter hurdles (16.12), long jump (20-9) and 1,500 meters (5:14.41).
  • Senior Jack Kiely (Severna Park, Md.) ran a season-best time of 3:52.98 in the 1,500 meters, placing seventh out of 29 athletes. Kiely was third fastest among Division III runners.
  • Bates won the "slow heat" of the 4x800 relay and grabbed eighth place in 7:46.37, becoming the ninth fastest 4x800 squad in program history. Junior Mark Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) led off, followed by first-year Ryan Nealis (London, England), senior Rob Flynn (Bedford, N.H.) and Kiely.
  • Junior Nico Johnson (Frederick, Md.) ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-record time of 9:36.58, 23rd out of 31 athletes.

Bates will have athletes competing at the MIT Last Chance Meet on Thursday, with an eye on attaining or solidifying a place at the NCAA Division III Championships taking place May 24-26 in La Cross, Wis.