Men's Track and Field Has Best Finish Since 2001 As Maine Track and Field Finishes 2014 Indoor Championships
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Maine track and field teams finished the two-day America East indoor championships on Monday at the Armory, in New York City, N.Y., as both teams improved upon last years standings. The men's team posted its best finish since 2001, coming in third place overall while the women came in seventh place, a spot better than last campaign.
The men's team picked up where it left off yesterday, scoring 87.4 points on the second day of the event.
James Reed took care of business in the 60-meter hurdle event after advancing to the finals on day one. Reed scored 10 team points and a first-place finish with a time of 8.01 seconds. Reed and Daniel Roukey combined for seven team points in the 60-meter dash, adding to the Black Bear total, as Reed finished fourth (6.98 seconds) and Roukey finished seventh with a mark of 7.08 seconds.
Jake Leithiser nearly tallied an individual conference championship coming in just .13 seconds behind Zach Keefer from Binghamton, with a time of 1:03.45 and eight team points.
In field events Nathaniel Meade and Julian Hubbard added 17 team points in the triple jump as the duo took first and second respectively. Meade recorded a final mark of 48-10.00 (14.88m) while Hubbard was right behind with a mark of 47-03.00 (14.40m). Meade recorded 10 team points and a conference title and Hubbard finished with seven.
The men's team got more production out of its throwers when Justin Gagne and Brian Woodbury combined for another 14 team points. Gagne finished the event first overall with a hurl of 53-00.00 (16.15m) and 10 team points while Woodbury came in with a mark of 50-03.50 (15.33m) and four points.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team reeled in another eight points for the Maine cause as Roukey, Reed, Joseph Viola and Leithiser combined for a time of 3:16.90, just a little over a second off the school record time set in 1997.
Meanwhile Viola in the 400 meter dash and Tyler Martin the high jump added to the total. Viola finished in sixth in the 400m with a time of 50.03 and three points while Martin finished sixth in the high jump with a final mark of 6-04.25 (1.94m) and 1.20 points.
On the women's side the Black Bears saw a swath of athletes score points for the squad looking to charge up the standings.
Ashley Donohoe scored three points for the Black Bears cause coming in sixth overall with a mark of 40-01.25 while Rachel Wilkinson also chipped in a pair of points in the mile run, with a mark of 5:07.98.
Hackett also chipped in a point after advancing to the 60m hurdle finals and placed eighth overall with a time of 9.07 seconds.
Robyn McFetters, who tossed her way to a first place finish in the weight throw yesterday, tallied 10 team points and won a gold medal, as she highlighted the meet for the women's squad.
Albany swept the championships this year as both the men and women's squad took the team title. Albany's men's team finished the event with 219 points while the women's squad tallied 198.50. Binghamton and Vermont rounded out the top three for the women while Binghamton bested Maine's third place finish on the men's side by just 23.20 team points.
The Black Bears will now prepare for the New England Championships hosted by Boston University next weekend, Feb. 23-24.