Men's track places among top five teams at NESCACs for 22nd straight year

Bart Rust races to third place in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NESCAC Track & Field Championships on April 28, 2019. (Courtesy of Kelvin Hao)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Powered by six all-conference performances for top-three event finishes, the Bates men's track and field team placed fifth out of 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Track & Field Championships, marking the Bobcats' 22nd consecutive year placing among the top five teams at the meet.

Bates scored 69 points, 9.5 ahead of sixth-place Bowdoin. Host team Middlebury won the team title with 201 points, with Tufts, Amherst, Williams and Bates rounding out the top five.

Sophomore Zach Smith (Waterville, Maine) won the NESCAC javelin throw championship with a top effort of 173-10, earning his second career All-NESCAC honor for a top-three event performance (he placed third in the javelin in 2018). Smith also placed fourth in the discus throw (133-6).

Other scoring (top-eight) performances for Bates included:

  • Sophomore John Rex (Andover, Mass.) took second place in the hammer throw (180-10) and third place in the shot put (47-1), scoring 14 team points and earning two All-NESCAC awards for top-three finishes. Rex now has three career All-NESCAC honors.
  • Junior Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) took second place in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-4.75, earning All-NESCAC honors for the top-three finish, the third of his career. Kimpolo-Pene also finished seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.30 seconds in the finals, after posting a time of 15.99 seconds in trials.
  • First-year Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) took third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:32.09, earning his first career All-NESCAC honor for the top-three finish. Rust edged Middlebury senior Miles Meijer by 0.73 seconds for the third spot.
  • Junior captain Brendan Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) placed third in the triple jump at 44-11.75, winning his first All-NESCAC honors for the top-three finish.
  • Senior captain Zack Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed fourth in the hammer throw (152-4) and sixth in the discus (132-4)
  • Senior Tyler Harrington (Haverhill, Mass.) placed fourth in the javelin throw (167-5)
  • Senior Dan Marino (Marblehead, Mass.) took seventh place in the discus throw with a top distance of 124-0.
  • Placing seventh in the 4x100 relay with a time of 44.83 seconds were sophomore Milan Lemon (Plantation, Fla.), senior Ryan Corley (Oakland, Calif.), Kimpolo-Pene and sophomore Miles Nabritt (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
  • Placing eighth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:18.17 were sophomore Christopher Barker (Burlington, Vt.), first-year Jackson Elkins (South Deerfield, Mass.), senior Mark Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Ryan Nealis (London, U.K.).

Bates next competes in the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, taking place May 2-4 at Williams College.