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.