It was an eventful and successful weekend for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams down in Springfield, Massachusetts for the New England Division III Outdoor Championships. The men preformed especially well, placing second while the women also did well, coming in 11th.
First, on the men’s side, shot putter and senior Nick Margitza along with fellow teammate and sophomore Adedire Fakorede paced the team, leading the way to 69 points putting them just behind MIT. Margitza won the NED3 shot put title for the second straight year while Fakorede took first place in the discus.
In the decathlon, senior Jack Aherne, sophomore Tyler Post, and junior Blake Downey all preformed admirably. Aherne placed fifth with 5,465 points while Post and Downey finished in seventh and eighth respectively. With his performance, Aherne qualified for Open New Englands.
For the women, junior Allison Hill won the 100-meter hurdles title and again broke her own record in the process, helping Bates secure the 11th place finish. Fellow teammate and senior Isabelle Unger placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and sophomore Srishti Sunil finished eight in the triple jump.
Overall, one of the highlights of the weekend for the women’s squad was sophomore Katherine Cook’s performance in her 10,000-meter run debut. As a result, she became Bates’ third-fastest runner ever.
Up next, members of both teams will compete at the all-divisions Open New England Championships on May 13th and 14th.