Rex places 15th in hammer throw at NCAA Championships

John Rex placed 15th out of 20 men in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, on May 25, 2019. (

GENEVA, Ohio -- Bates sophomore John Rex took 15th place out of 20 competitors in the hammer throw Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, with a top effort of 176 feet and 8 inches.

Rex (Andover, Mass.) fouled on his first attempt, then sent his 176-8 effort on the second attempt. His third attempt was 20 centimeters short of the second attempt, keeping him in 15th place behind Wisconsin-La Crosse junior Justin Donkin (177-9).

Rex and Cortland State sophomore David Bernstein were the only two athletes among the 20 not listed as either a junior or senior. Bernstein placed 12th (180-5).

Rex also competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw in March, placing 19th. In the outdoor season he surpassed the 180-foot mark several times this season in the hammer, and topped out at 190 feet early in the season at the UNH Wildcat Classic. That distance would have slotted into eighth place on Saturday.

Next year, Bates will have the luxury of both Rex and junior teammate Brendan Donahue (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) determined to return to nationals. Donahue made his NCAA Championship debut in the decathlon, but was forced to withdraw with an injury sustained on the second day.