BOSTON, Mass. – The Maine track and field team concluded day two of the Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University, as the men's team had their turn to compete. The Black Bears men's squad had a strong showing across the board as the team recorded several season-best marks.
James Reed got things kicked off for the Black Bears in the 60-meter hurdles, advancing to the finals and taking third-place overall with a mark of 7.99 seconds. That time was just .04 seconds off his program record of 7.95.
In the 400m finals Joseph Viola set a new season-best in the event as he bested his previous mark of 49.58, clocking in with a time of 49.43.
In what may have been best performance of the day, Jake Leithiser shattered his season-top time of 1:06.42 in the 500m, coming in at 1:02.95 and was just .23 seconds off the school record set by Joe Moody (1:02.72). Leithiser's time was good for a first-overall showing besting a field of 78 entrants.
Daniel Roukey joined season-best parade, setting a new 2013-14 top-time of his own in the 200m, as he came in with a mark of 22.42 in the event, besting his former mark of 22.56. Gregory Viola also competed in the event and came in with a mark of 23.70.
Kelton Cullenberg posted an impressive mark in the 5000-meter run coming in with a time of 14:28.13, which was just .05 seconds off the school record. With his mark Cullenberg finished 14th overall.
Liam Nee posted a new personal and season best as well, competing in the 800m as he clocked in with a time of 1:52.12 which was just over four seconds faster than his previous-best of 1:56.03.
The Black Bears excelled in the relay of the day coming in fourth in the 4x400m as Reed, Leithiser, Viola and Roukey ran to a final time of 3:16.18.
In the field events Maine recieved strong efforts from the likely sources.
Nathaniel Meade cracked the top-10 in the long jump as he recorded a final mark of 6.81 meters (22-04.25) good for ninth, while Julian Hubbard came in 24th with a mark of 6.48m (21-03.25). Hubbard also competed in the triple jump as he placed in the top-10 coming in eighth with a final mark of 13.87m (45-06.25).
Maine's shot put specialist, Justin Gagne was just short of coming in first in the event taking second in event with a final distance of 17.36m (56-11.50).
Meanwhile, Wilson Adams, fresh off his eventful weeke following the breaking of a 50-year old record, tallied a fourth place finish in the weight throw with a final mark of 18.32m (60-01.25). Gagne also competed in weight throw and took ninth with a distance of 16.80m (55-01.50).
Tristan Wortman also set a new season-top mark in the pole vault as he set his new best height at 4.65m (15-03.00) and took ninth overall in the event.
The Black Bears will be back in action next week when the squad hosts the University of New Hampshire at the New Balance indoor track and field facility in Orono, Maine. The meet is scheduled for Feb. 15.