LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Bates senior Adedire Fakorede placed fourth in the discus throw Thursday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, winning his third career All-America honor and his first in outdoor competition.
Fakorede (Newark, N.J.), competing in his sixth and final NCAA championship meet, jumped from 13th place out of 20 men into third place with his third attempt of trials at 173-1.75, thereby reaching the finals and allowing him three more attempts. On his second attempt of the final round, Fakorede moved up nearly a foot with a top effort of 53.04 meters, or 174-0.25.
As the lone representative from the Bates men's team at the meet, Fakorede scored a crucial five team points with his performance. He becomes the 33rd Bates man to win All-America honors in outdoor track and field.
Fakorede was seeded seventh in the event but was surpassed only by top-seeded Sam Elsner of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, who won at 191-7.25, followed by Legend Hayes of Christopher Newport (178-7.75) and Blaze Murfin of Dubuque (175-7.25). Fifth-place finisher Jack Flynn of Wisconsin-Oshkosh topped out at 169-7.
Fakorede will finish his collegiate career on Saturday in the hammer throw, where he is the 18th seed, before returning to campus for his graduation on Sunday.