WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bates junior Brendan Donahue won the decathlon title and sophomore John Rex placed second in the hammer throw, highlighting a productive first day of the New England Division III Outdoor Championships Friday for the Bobcats.
Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored 6,301 points, outscoring runner-up Cayd Wortman of Husson by 285 points. Donahue's previous best score was 5,913 points.
Donahue was first in the field of 12 decathletes in the discus throw (120-10), first in the pole vault (13-10.5), second in the 100-meter dash (11.59), second in the shot put (37-3.25), second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.63), third in the long jump (20-3.75), tied for third in the high jump (5-10.75), and fourth in the javelin (147-9). Donahue's pole vault was a career-best mark by 8.25 inches; his 110 hurdles time was a PR by 0.14 seconds. Donahue's point total would rank 13th in Division III at the start of the weekend.
Rex (Andover, Mass.) sent the hammer 188 feet and 1 inch on his first attempt of the day, and remained in second place behind Middlebury senior Minhaj Rahman the rest of the way, as Rahman's first attempt traveled 57.89 meters and he topped out at 59.73 (195-11). Rex was only 23 inches shy of his career-best (190-0).
First-year Liam Evans (Sauqoit, N.Y.) placed sixth in the decathlon with a career-best score of 5,382 points, bettering his previous PR of 5,228. Evans was fourth in a field of 12 in the 400 meters (53.47), fourth in the pole vault (11-10.75), fifth in the 100 meters (11.90), fifth in the discus (89-1), sixth in the shot put (31-5.75) and sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:51.05).
Sophomore Alex Brovender (Boxford, Mass.) provided another Bates highlight on Friday, taking sixth place out of 16 competitors in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:12.80, his career-best time by 31.64 seconds.
The bulk of the meet takes place Saturday, beginning at 10am at Williams College.