Maine Hosting America East Track and Field Championships This Weekend
ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine and the Beckett Family Track and Field Complex will play host to the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Saturday and Sunday.
On the women's side, Corey Conner will look to continue her successful season thus far. The senior from Townsend, Mass., broke her own school record and blew away the competition at the Penn Relays in the 5,000 with a time of 16:01.37. Her time ranks eighth in the NCAA East Region.
Throwers Katy Grime (Brownington, Vt.) and Robyn McFetters (Barrington, R.I.) also appear poised to challenge for a high finish at the Championships. Grime is currently ranked sixth among America East throwers in the discus with a mark of 133-02 this season while McFetters notched the school record and top mark in the conference this season in the hammer with 185-10.
Angelica Nelligan-Smith (Glenburn, Maine) will challenge in the pole vault and has one of the top-outdoor marks in the conference with 11-00.25.
In the sprints, Jillian O'Brien (Buffalo, N.Y.) ranks fourth in the conference with a time of 12.02 in the 100 meters and also will also look to score points in the 200 meters. Allison Fereshetian will challenge for the hurdle titles as she ranks among the top-8 in both the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.
On the men's side, Justin Gagne (Biddeford, Maine) will try to continue his record-smashing season this weekend. Gagne has the best discus throw in the conference this season by over five feet and has the second-best shot put mark.
Also in the throwing events, Ethan Moore (Weare, N.H.) and Wilson Adams (Barrington, R.I.) rank second and third, respectively, in the hammer and will be looking to take the top-2 spots while Alexander Parenteau (North Yarmouth, Maine) will try to be among the contenders in the javelin where he is ranked fifth.
Frank Del Duca (Bethel, Maine) has the fourth-fastest conference time in the 100 meters thus far with 10.83 and is also among the top-10 in the 200. Joining Del Duca's challenge in the sprints is Daniel Roukey (Westbrook, Maine) who is among the top-10 in both events.
David Currier (Sidney, Maine) leads the distance contingent as he ranks third in the conference in the 10,000 meters and is followed by teammate Spencer McElwain (Caribou, Maine) who is ranked sixth in the event.
Taylor Phillips (Brookfield, Conn.) will look to score points in the steeplechase as he's ranked sixth while the 4X100 relay team will challenge for the title as they are ranked third and less than a second from the top spot.
Matthew Toothaker (Newburgh, Maine) will be the favorite in the decathlon as he is the top-ranked athlete in the field.
The America East Championships begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday continue on Sunday at 9 a.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for youths (14 and under) and $2 for America East students with school ID.