Rex places 4th in hammer throw on first day of Open New Englands

John Rex placed fourth in the hammer throw at Open New Englands on May 10, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Bates sophomore John Rex took fourth place in the hammer throw and junior Brendan Donahue had a strong first day in the decathlon Friday at the all-divisions Open New England Track & Field Championships, held at Southern Connecticut State University.

On his second attempt of the day, Rex (Andover, Mass.) produced his top throw of 56.44 meters, or 185-2, a centimeter ahead of the fifth-place finisher, University of Rhode Island senior Thomas Vadis. Rex was second among Division III throwers behind overall leader Minhaj Rahman, a Middlebury senior. He earns All-New England honors for the top-eight performance.

Rex entered the weekend ranked 14th in Division III in the hammer with his season-best mark of 190-0 recorded at the UNH Wildcat Invitational.

Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.), attempting to improve upon his personal-record score of 6,301 points that won the New England Division III title last weekend, had a good first-day. Donahue produced a personal-best mark in the shot put (38-7.75), leading the field of 11 decathletes. Donahue also matched his personal-best in the high jump (6-2.75) to score third-highest.

Competing in the 5,000-meter run for Bates, junior Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) placed 15th out of 32 athletes in a time of 15:16.74.

The meet continues Saturday, with Donahue competing in the second half of the decathlon and first-year Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.