Levine, DMR get men's track off to strong start at New Englands

Justin Levine took fifth place in the 5,000 meters at the New England Division III Indoor Championships on Feb. 22, 2019. (File photo by Samuel Mironko '21 for Bates College)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bates got off to a strong start at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at MIT, with a third-place finish in the distance medley relay and Justin Levine's fifth-place showing in the 5,000 meters.

In the DMR, first-year Jackson Elkins (South Deerfield, Mass.), sophomore Miles Nabritt (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior Mark Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Ryan Nealis (London, U.K.) edged Williams by 0.95 seconds with a third-place time of 10:19.57.

Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) ran the 5,000 in 15:15.99, fifth fastest out of 20 competitors, to score four more team points for the Bobcats. Senior Henry Colt (Whately, Mass.), finished ninth, one spot out of the scoring, in 15:21.82.

The two marks add up to 10 team points, putting Bates in a tie for third place through four events. The bulk of the meet takes place Saturday, beginning at 10am.

Also competing on Friday, junior Brendan Donahue stands in fourth place through four of seven events in the heptathlon, with 2,549 points. First-year Liam Evans (Sauquoit, N.Y.) is in 10th place (2,204).