DURHAM, N.H. – After having the first meet of the year canceled due to wintery weather last weekend, the Maine track and field team finally kicked off the 2014 outdoor season competing in a meet in Durham, N.H. on Saturday afternoon. The men's team came in first of four teams while the women finished third, as the Maine won 10 events between the two squads.
The Black Bears men's squad bested Northeastern, New Hampshire and Holy Cross, taking first in the event with a final score of 221 points. New Hampshire took second with 172 points while Northeastern (163 points) and Holy Cross (39 points) finished third and fourth, respectively.
On the women's side, the Black Bears as team finished in third by securing 122 team points, while the host Wildcats (259.50) and Northeastern (182), finished first and second. Holy Cross finished fourth with 85.50 points.
Daniel Roukey kicked off the outdoor season with a pair of first-place finishes in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. In the 100m, Roukey topped all entrants with a time of 10.95 seconds while teammate Frank Del Duca took third in the event with a mark of 11.14. Roukey once again topped the field in the 200m with a final time of 22.16 seconds.
Joseph Viola excelled in 400m falling just short of first in the event with a time of 50.65 seconds. Alex Shapiro of Northeastern bested the junior sprinter by .05 seconds.
Rounding out the middle distance was Jake Leithiser who took third in 800m with a time of 1:56.99. New Hampshire had a pair of runners come in first and second, respectively, as Christopher Poggi and Drew Piazza finished with times of 1:54.09 and 1:54.34.
Maine's men's distance runners kicked off the 2014 outdoor season with a bang, beginning with the 1500m run. The Black Bears took second-through-fourth place as Alexander Moser (3:55.92), Justin Tracy (4:05.52) and Thomas Salamone (4:06.66) finished in the top-four spots. Only Paul Duffy from Northeastern ran the event faster with a mark of 3:55.41.
Kelton Cullenberg, Moser and Jesse Orach kept the strong running coming as the trio finished first through third in the 3000m. Cullenberg topped the field with a mark of 8:29.89 and a personal best for his outdoor career. Meanwhile Moser (8:49.63) and Orach (8:51.31) were close behind.
In the hurdles it was James Rutter that was the Black Bears best entrant, taking second with a mark of 15.46. Meanwhile Michael Lucas finished third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.34. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Levi Frye did well in his first collegiate try, taking second with a time of 10:07.73.
Meanwhile in the jump events both Connor Harris and Nathaniel Meade reeled in first place finishes. Harris finished the high jump with a first place total of 1.90m (6-02.75) while Meade once again excelled in the long jump with a final mark of 6.43m (21-01.25). Julian Hubbard and Miguel Caballero rounded out the top three in the long jump as Hubbard finished with a distance of 6.23m (20-05.25) while Caballero secured a mark of 6.08m
The Black Bears also had a trio of performers finished in the top-three in the triple jump, as Meade took first in arguably his best event with a mark of 14.13m (46-04.25). Meanwhile Hubbard 13.53 (44-04.75) and Harris 13.42 (44-00.5), finished closed behind.
The usual suspects led the way for Maine in the throws events as Justin Gagne and Brian Woodbury finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Gagne completed the event with a final throw of 15.59m (50-10.00) while Woodbury concluded with a mark of 15.23m (49-11.75).
Gagne then got on the board with his first event win of the outdoor season with a first-place finish in the discus. Gagne topped entrants with a mark of 47.04m (154-04), while Woodbury came in fourth with a mark of 44.02m (144-05).
Wilson Adams led the way for Maine in his favorite event, the hammer throw, coming in second with a final distance of 53.55m (175-08), while Gagne completed his third event in which placed in the top-three, placing third with a mark of 47.63m (156-03). Meanwhile junior Alexander Parenteau took first place in the javelin throw with a mark of 57.76m (189-06).
Katelyn Guilmette got Maine women's squad started in the sprint events coming in fourth overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.85 seconds. Lauren Roush followed that up with another fourth-place showing in the 400m with a mark of 1:02.70. New Hampshire's Morgan Costa, topped the field with a time of 1:01.77.
In middle distances Naomi Holzhauer kicked off her sophomore season with a fourth place finish in the 800m, coming in with a time of 2:26.66. Anne Twombly from New Hampshire took first overall with a time of 2:15.81.
Black Bears received strong efforts from multi-event aficionados, Ashten Hackett and Jessica McCarthy as the duo finished third and fourth, respectively. Hackett concluded the race with a time of 14.67 while McCarthy finished with a mark of 15.83.
In the 4x100m relay event the team of Hackett, Roush, Jaclyn Masters and McCarthy secured a third place finish and six more team points with a mark of 50.05 seconds. New Hampshire's team of Lauren Perrodin, Costa, Sydney Kay, and Allison Brehm, took top-honors with a time of 48.15 seconds. Meanwhile the 4x400 relay team of Roush, Holzhauer, Kelsey Maxim and Shannon O'Neil also took third overall with a mark of 4:14.15.
Masters got Maine on the board with an event win, besting all entrants in the pole vault with a mark of 3.42m (11-02.50). Meanwhile in the throws events Ashley Donohoe, Emily Boardman and Ashley Griffin, cracked the top three spots.
In the shot put, Donohoe took second with a mark of 11.82m (38-09.50) while Boardman took third in the hammer throw with a mark of 46.10 (151-03). Meanwhile Griffin rounded out the throws with a third place finish in the javelin with a mark of 31.60 (104-05).
Both teams will back in Durham, N.H., next week as the teams take part in the Wildcat Invitational. The meet is scheduled for 11 a.m.