Donahue has personal-best first day of decathlon at NCAA Championships

Brendan Donahue (second from the left) scored 3,289 points on the first day of the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 23, 2019. (d3photography.com)

GENEVA, Ohio -- Bates junior Brendan Donahue recorded a personal best first-day score of 3,289 points and stands in 17th place halfway through the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.), making his NCAA Championship debut, is seeded 17th out of 20 decathletes.

Donahue was tied for ninth out out of 20 athletes in the high jump (6-0.5). He was tied for 12th in the shot put (36-6.75), 13th in the 100-meter dash (11.33 seconds), 15th in the long jump (20-11.75) and 19th in the 400-meter dash (54.67).

Donahue's time in the 100 is a wind-aided personal record; his time in the 400 is only 0.05 behind his PR.

The decathlon resumes Friday with the 110-meter hurdles at 10am, the discus at 10:45, the pole vault at 12pm, the javelin at 2:45pm and the 1,500 meters at 4:30.

Sophomore teammate John Rex (Andover, Mass.) competes in the hammer throw Saturday at 1:45.