Maine Track and Field Splits Opening Weekend Meet Against New Hampshire
DURHAM, N.H. – The Maine men's and women's track and field squads kicked off the season against rival New Hampshire this weekend, competing in a two-day meet, Friday and Saturday. The squads split with the Wildcats as the Men defeated UNH 100-88, while the women's team was edged, 111-77.
The Black Bears men's squad recorded 12 first-place finishes during the meet to aid them in their win.
In the field events Adam Wilson led the way in the weight throw coming in first with a final mark of 59-07.75, while teammates Justin Gagne (54-08.75) and Ethan More (54-05.50) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Devin Burgess registered top honors in the pole vault with his best mark of 14-05.50 while Gregory Viola finished fourth with a final mark of 12-00.00.
Maine swept the jump events as well as Miguel Caballero registered a final distance of 21-01.25 in the long jump with Connor Harris leading the way in the high jump with a mark of 6-02.75. Meanwhile it was Nathaniel Mead who led the way in the triple jump with a distance of 48-08.00.
Gagne rounded out the top-finishes in the field events coming in first in the shot put. The senior threw for a distance of 60-05.00. Brian Woodbury came in a close second with a final distance of 51-05.50.
Alexander Moser and Kelton Cullenberg excelled in the distance events with Moser topping entrants in the mile run while (4:23.82) while Cullenberg impressed in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:24.97.
James Reed tallied two first-place finishes both in the 55-meter hurdles (7.53 seconds) and the 55-meter dash (6.58), while Jake Leithiser finished first in the 500-meter run with a final mark of 1:06.42 and Daniel Roukey took top-honors in the 200m with a time of 23.15.
The women's squad kicked off the season yesterday when both Jessica McCarthy and Ashten Hackett competed in the pentathlon. McCarthy finished second overall in the five events while Hackett placed fourth overall.
The women's team carried that momentum into the second day of the event as the Black Bears reeled in six first-place finishes in its attempt for their first dual victory of the season.
In the field events Robyn McFetters topped the competition in the weight throw with a final mark of 52-08.00, while Jaclyn Masters and Vasiliki Papakotsi came in first and second in the pole vault with marks of 10-11.50 and 10-05.50, respectively.
Grace MacLean continued the field dominance, as she took first in the high jump registering a final height of 5-05.75.
Shannon O'Neil took-top honors in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.75, while Kelsey Maxim (1:22.90 in 500m) and Mary Scanlan (2:23.41 in 800m) rounded out Maine's women's team first-place finishes.
The Black Bears now have an extended break for the holidays before they ring in the New Year at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for a two-day meet on Jan. 17-18.