NEW YORK, N.Y. – Both Robyn McFetters and Wilson Adams got the Black Bears off to a strong start at the America East indoor championships, tallying conference weight throw titles at the Armory in New York, N.Y. After Sunday's events the women's team sits in fifth place with 31 points while the men's team ranks third with 29 points.
As has been the case the entire season the weight throw was Maine's best event as the Black Bear duo of McFetters and Adams capped a strong indoor campaign with first-place finishes.
Adam's mark in the weight throw shattered his previous personal and school record by over two feet with a final toss of 64-06.50 (19.67m). Meanwhile Justin Gagne came in second in the event with a mark of 60-10.50 (18.55m), topping his season best mark by over five feet.
On the women's side McFetters and Emily Boardman paired to take first and fourth, respectively. McFetters recorded a first-place hurl of 53-09.25 (16.05m) while Boardman recorded a final toss of 50-07.25 (15.42m).
Ashten Hackett highlighted the sprint events as she qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. The senior sprinter came in with a time of 9.13 seconds. She took ninth place in the event as the top-nine finishers move on to the final round, and will run later today.
Jaclyn Masters tallied another strong performance in the pole vault as the sophomore came in third overall in the event. Masters finished with a height of 11-03.75 (3.38m).
The Black Bears also got inspired efforts from their pentathlon athletes, Jessica McCarthy and Grace MacLean. The pair finished in the top five of the multi-event as McCarthy took third with 3457 points while MacLean took fifth with 3327 points.
McCarthy excelled in the 800 meter run, coming in second place with a time of 2:26.28, to spark her third place overall finish while MacLean used a pair of second-place finishes in 60-meter hurdles (9.01 seconds) and high jump (5-05.75, 1.67m) for her fifth place finish.
On the men's side Maine had several athletes score points as well as had five entrants advance to the finals of their respective events.
In the 60m both Daniel Roukey and James Reed will move on to the finals after recording eighth and ninth place finishes, respectively. Roukey finished the event with a mark of 7.02 seconds while Reed was close behind with a mark of 7.04.
Reed followed that up in what could be considered his strongest event, the 60-meter hurdles, as he took first in the prelims, advancing to the finals with a time of 8.15 seconds.
Joseph Viola advanced to the finals in the 400m with a time of 49.43, while Jake Leithiser dashed to a first place in the 500m with a final mark of 1:03.91, advancing to the final round to be run today.
Senior Kelton Cullenberg got Maine on the board with eight points, scoring it with a second-place finish in the 5k with a final time of 14:50.40.
Meanwhile Matthew York finished the first swath of heptathlon events tied for first with several more to come today.
A first and second round finish in the high jump and long jump sparked York's efforts, respectively. In the high jump York placed first with a mark of 6-05.50 (1.97m) scoring 776 points. He placed second in the long jump with a mark of 20-11.25 (6.38m) as he scored 670 points.
York's mark of 2695 through the day's events tied him with UMBC's Vincent Rentzsch.
After one day, Vermont and Albany sit in first place in the women's team rankings scoring 45 points apiece, while Binghamton is in third with 38 points. Meanwhile on the men's side Albany leads with 55 points, Binghamton is second with 48 and the Black Bears are third with 29 points.
Maine will attempt to make a charge up the standings today as teams complete the two-day championship event. Check back to GoBlckBears.com for updates and recaps from the 2014 indoor championship.