LA CROSSE, Wis. – Bates senior Katherine Cook’s national runner-up finish in the women’s 10,000-meters highlighted the performances of NESCAC athletes following the first day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Cook set a new PR in the women’s 10,000 meters, fishing with a time of 35:17.48 to place second overall. She earned her fourth All-America honor of her career and became the second Bates athlete to earn All-America honors in the 10,000 meters. Cook’s second-place time was 40.9 seconds better than the third-place finisher. Ithaca senior Taryn Cordani won the event with a time of 35:03.20. Tufts senior Brittany Bowman placed 11th (37:29.71) to round out the NESCAC competitors in the event.
In the men’s 10,000 race, Williams senior Ben Decker placed fifth (30:49.26) and Amherst sophomore Clark Ricciardelli finished eighth (31:06.1) as both runners earned All-America honors. Sophomore Ryan Cox, of Williams, posted a time of 32:15.25 and Middlebury first-year Matt D’Aquila crossed the finish line in a time of 32:23.08, as the duo finished 14th and 15th, respectively.
Bates senior Adedire Fakorede (pictured right) placed fourth in the discus throw, earning his third career All-America honor and his first in outdoor competition. Fakorede jumped from 13th place into third place with his third attempt of trials to advance to the finals. On his second attempt of the final round, Fakorede moved up nearly a foot with a top effort of 53.04 meters.
Williams seniors Tobias Muellers and Thomas Riley stand second and sixth, respectively, after the first five events of the decathlon. Muellers won the 400-meter race and has 3,642 points, while Riley has recorded 3,462 points.
In the heptathlon, fellow Eph Caitlin Ubl is 10th after the first day. The junior has 2,635 points through four events.
In preliminary races, seven NESCAC athletes advanced to the finals. Williams sophomore Tristian Colaizzi finished eighth in the men’s 1,500-meters with a time of 3:55.32 to move into the finals. In the women’s race, first-year Brianna Barnes posted a time of 4:37.15 and was the only NESCAC runner advance to the finals, placing 10th overall. Bowdoin sophomore Caroline Shipley was 15th (4:40.21) and rookies Katie Glew of Middlebury (4:51.97) and Sarah Gayer of Amherst (5:03.17) finished 20th and 21st, respectively.
Colby sophomore Sage Bailin and Tufts senior Andrew DiMaiti recorded times of 54.59 and 54.83, respectively, in their heats of the men’s 400-meter hurdles, but did not advance through to the finals after finishing 15th and 17th. In the women’s race, Williams junior Kate Kennedy had the top time among all competitors at 1:00.63. Fellow junior Sara Ory, of Bowdoin, posted a time of 1:01.45 to place sixth and will join Kennedy in the finals. Williams senior Kayley McGonagle finished 20th in the preliminary heats with a time of 1:06.91. Hamilton senior Eli Saucier finished 19th overall with a time of 22.48 in the men’s 200-meter preliminary and did not qualify for the finals, while fellow Continental and junior Cat Berry placed 19th in the women's race with a time of 25.80.
In the 3,000-meter Steeplechase, Connecticut College junior Scott Mason placed ninth with a time of 9:19.36 to advance to the finals. In the women’s race, Williams senior Victoria Kingham was seventh overall (10:43.44) and also moved through to the final.
The Williams women’s 4x400 relay team placed third overall to advance to the finals. The team of McGonagle, Kenndey, first-year Davis Collison and sophomore Megan Powell, combined for a time of 3:48.03.
After the first day of competition, Bates leads the NESCAC women’s teams with eight points and stands in eighth place. Washington University (Mo.) sits in first place on the team leaderboard with 19 points. In the men’s standings, Bates is tied for 11th (5 points), followed by Williams in 14th place (4 points) and Amherst has one point and is tied for 21st. North Central leads all men’s squads with 10 points. The second day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships is set to begin at 11 a.m. (ET).