Men's Track and Field Takes First While Women Take Second at Bates Invitational
LEWISTON, Maine – The Maine men and women's track and field teams concluded it's first scored meet as the men's team won its first meet of 2014 while the women finished second at the Bates invitational on Friday and Saturday.
In the 5k the Black Bears were sparked by the efforts of Jarrod Lenfest, Ryan Hardiman and Jssee Orach who took second, third and fourth, respectively. Lenfest finished with a time of 15:29.68, while Hardiman completed the event with a time of 15:45.59, and Orach concluded the 5k with a time of 16:01.16.
James Reed had his second-consecutive strong meet in the short distance events as he finished first in the 60-meter hurdle, after winning at the USM invite last weekend, with a final time of 8.09 seconds. He coupled that with a 60m win as he posted a lighting-fast time of 6.98 seconds.
Michael Lucas was Maine's best entrant in the 400m as he finished with a time of 51.24 seconds while Liam Nee finished second in the 800m with a time of 1:59.10.
Jacob Johns secured yet another second-place finish for Maine as he recorded a time of 2:35.51 in the 1000-meter run and Roukey followed that up with a first place finish of his own in the 200m, with a final time of 22.91.
Cross country standout Kelton Cullenberg saw his first action of 2014 as he took first overall in the 3000m, taking first place with a time of 9:04.76.
In the jump events Tyler Martin took top-honors in the high jump with a final height of 1.93 meters, while Nathaniel Meade finished the long jump in first with a final mark of 6.87m. Meade helped Maine make a clean sweep of the jump events as he took first overall in the triple jump with a mark of 14.99m.
Justin Gagne was back at in the shot put after setting new program marks to end 2013, as he took first overall in the event with a final toss of 17.41 meters.
The men finished in first place in the team scoring with 266 team points while Bates finished second with 172. Colby (122), Southern Maine (109) and St. Joseph's (5) rounded out the next three team finishers.
On the women's side Carolyn Stocker opened up her junior season
with a third place finish in the 5k,recording a time of 19:02.92, with Colby's Katherin Connolly and Alanna McDonough, taking first and second, respectively.
Ashten Hackett scored a second-place finish in both the prelims and finals of the 60-meter hurdle event, with a prelim time of 9.35, while she bested that mark in the final round coming in one tenth of a second slower than Peyton Dostie of Southern Maine, coming in with a time of 9.29 seconds.
Katelyn Guilmette was Maine's only entrant in the 60m as she took fifth in a field of 27 with a finals time of 8.27 seconds.
In the relay events Maine took top honors as Maine's A crew defeated Colby, Bates and Husson with a final time of 1:48.42 in the 4x200-meter relay. While in the 4x400m relay the Black Bears' A squad took care of business, coming in first with a time of 4:10.17. Maine completed the clean sweep of relay events as the Black Bears took first in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:07.51.
In the mile run Maine's Rachel Wilkinson was the team's highest finisher as she took second overall with a time of 5:20.70 while Shannon O'Neil took top-honors in the 400m with a time of 1:03.14.
In the 16th event of the meet, Maine's Mary Scanlan reeled in another first place finish, recording a final time of 2:26.64 seconds in the 800m. While Jaclyn Masters secured a second place finish in the pole vault with a 3.38m final height.
Ashley Donohoe impressed in the shot put with a second place finish and a final toss of 11.30 meters, meanwhile veteran Robyn McFetters continued her strong season with a first place finish in the weight throw recording a final distance of 14.36 meters.
The Black Bears were beaten only by Bates, as Maine recorded 148 points while Bates finished with 222.50. Colby took second with 148 while Southern Maine (140), Husson (26.50) and St. Joseph's (15) rounded out the teams.
The Black Bears will be back in action next week as Maine competes in the Joe Donahue invitational hosted by Holy Cross and the Terrier Invite next Friday and Saturday, respectively.