Adams Break 50-year-old Record As Maine Track and Field Splits Against Holy Cross
ORONO, Maine – The Black Bears track and field teams competed in their first event at the newly renovated New Balance indoor track and field facility, as the Men defeated Holy Cross, 106-71 while the women fell to the Crusaders, 100.50-79.50.
The men's team tallied 14 first place finishes en route to the victory, which was highlighted by Wilson Adams' record breaking throw in the weight toss. Adams broke a 50 year old record set by Richard Nason in 1964. Nason's mark of 61-00.05 was bested by Adams' toss of 62-07.25.
James Reed excelled in the 60-meter dash as he took first overall in both the prelims and finals, clocking in with a final time of 7.06 seconds. Reed followed up his 60m time with a first-place 60-meter hurdle finish with a time of 8.09.
Daniel Roukey secured top honors in the 200-metere event with a time of 22.86, with teammate Joseph Viola taking second in the event with a time of 22.94.
Jake Leitheiser took down both of Holy Cross' entrants in the 400m, besting the Crusader runners with a first place finish and a final time of 49.58.
Liam Nee recorded yet another first place finish in the 800m with a mark of 1:56.03, which bested second place finisher John Griffin by nearly six seconds.
In the distance events Jacob Johns took home a first place finish in the 1k with a mark of 2:32.93, while mile run competitor, Kelton Cullenberg finished first with a time of 4:14.49.
Maine's 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams took care of business as both squads took top honors. The 4x400 team of Roukey, Andrew Toothaker, Viola and Michael Lucas finished with a time of 3:25.41 while the 4x800 team of Nee, Leithiser, Tracy and Johns finished with a time of 8:24.18.
In the jump events Tyler Martin recorded a first place finish in the high jump with a final height of 1.88m (6-02.00). Meanwhile former America East field athlete of the week, Nathaniel Meade led a trio of Black Bears in the long jump. Meade took first with a final distance of 7.00m (22-11.75) while Miguel Caballero (6.27m) and Devin Burgess (6.24m) finished second and third, respectively.
Julian Hubbard gave Maine a clean sweep in jump events with a first place win with a final mark of 13.83m (45-04.50). Connor Harris (13.20, 43-03.75) and Herby Lafortune (12.94, 42-05.50) rounded out the top-3.
In the throws, Justin Gagne paired with three other Maine entrants to round out the top four throwers in the shot put coming in with a final mark of 17.38m (57-00.25). Meanwhile Ethan Moore (12.85m), David LePauloe (12.85m) and Tristan Wortman (11.79m) finished second through fourth, respectively.
Moore and Gagne also competed in the weight throw as they took second and third behind Adams' record-breaking toss. Moore finished with a final mark of 17.46 (57-03.50) while Gagne tossed for a final distance of 16.10 (52-10.00).
On the women's side Katelyn Guilmette, teamed with Jessica McCarthy and Jaclyn Masters, as the Black Bears took the top-3 spots in the 60-meter dash. Guilmette finished with a final time 8.02 seconds while McCarthy and Masters finished one after the other with times of 8.05 and 8.13, respectively.0
Meanwhile in the 200-meter dash Masters was the top Black Bears finisher, taking third overall with a final time of 27.32, finishing behind two crusaders, Kathryn Bobinski (27.05) and Mariel Flood (27.18). Masters led a trail of Black Bears as Grace MacLean finished fourth with a time of 27.45, Lauren Roush finished fifth (27.70) and Guilmette took sixth with a final time of 28.02.
Shannon O'Neil took care of business in the 400-meter dash as she placed first overall and recorded a time of 1:02.50, besting second place entrant, Gabriela West by .23 seconds.
Meanwhile Ashten Hackett used her multi-events tune-up earlier in the season to help her take top-honors in the 60-meter hurdles, coming in first with a final time of 9.04, followed by Grace MacLean who took second, with a time of 9.33.
Maine's 4x400-meter relay team edged the Crusaders squad as O'Neil, Kelsey Maxim, Hackett and McCarthy defeated Holy Cross' team of Bobinski, West, Victoria Stephens, and Flood with a final time of 4:06.69.
MacLean excelled in the long jump, coming in first place in the event with a distance of 5.22-meters (17-01.50), Meanwhile in the throw events Ashley Donahoe and Robyn McFetters notched a pair of first place finishes.
Donahoe was top-dog in the shotput with a final toss of 12.03m (39-05.75) while McFetters took first in the weight throw with a final throw of 15.98m (52-05.25). Emily Boardman also excelled in the weight throw finishing close behind McFetters, 14.84m (48-08.25).
The Black Bears will be back in action as members of both squads will compete both at the Valentines Invite at Boston University and also compete in a dual meet at UNH, both taking place on Feb. 8.