Donahue injured in hurdles, forced to withdraw from decathlon at NCAA Championships

Brendan Donahue got off to a strong start in the 110-meter hurdles but was injured on the final hurdle, eventually forcing him to withdraw from the decathlon at the NCAA Championships on May 24, 2019. (d3photography.com)

GENEVA, Ohio -- Bates junior Brendan Donahue had an unfortunate, premature end to the second day of the decathlon Friday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, withdrawing due to an injury suffered in a fall in the 110-meter hurdles.

Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) fell on the final hurdle in the first event of the day. He was able to finish the race and compete with pain through the next event, the discus throw, but couldn't continue in the pole vault.

"He took a pretty bad fall at the end of the race and threw the discus with a lot of pain in his left knee area," said head coach Al Fereshetian. "Warming up to vault, he wasn't really able to run or push off, so we had to withdraw him from the competition."

The team captain and New England Division III champion scored a career-best first-day total of 3,289 points and stood in 17th place. He managed to finish the 110 hurdles in 17.51 seconds despite the fall, then scored the fifth-most points out of 19 decathletes in the discus with his second attempt of 121-10.

"It's unfortunate, but I think it's still a great experience for him to get here and see what it takes, and I think Day 1 was a great experience for him, so hopefully we can build on that," said Fereshetian.

Donahue's sophomore teammate John Rex (Andover, Mass.) will compete in the hammer throw Saturday at 1:45pm. Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff runs in the finals of the women's 1,500 meters at 12:25pm.