Maine Track and Field Excels at Wildcat Invite
DURHAM, N.H. – For the second-consecutive week the Maine track and field teams competed in Durham, N.H., as New Hampshire hosted the Wildcat invitational on Saturday afternoon. The men's team reeled in another first-place finish while the women's team finished third overall.
On the men's side the Black Bears edged both New Hampshire and Dartmouth to earn its second-consecutive first-place team finish. Maine scored 152 points while New Hampshire came in second with 123 and Dartmouth concluded the meet with 113.
On the women's side, Maine finished third of the three teams finishing with 71 points. New Hampshire won the event with 165 points while Dartmouth took second with 139 points.
Frank Del Duca got the men's squad off to strong start in the sprint events with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Del Duca reeled in a time of 10.91 seconds to record seven team points. Daniel Roukey, who was coming off a strong weekend with a pair of event wins in UNH last Saturday, came in second with a time of 10.92, while Nathaniel Meade came in fourth with a mark of 10.99 seconds.
Roukey got back to his winning ways in the 200m with an event win coming in first with a time of 22.15 seconds. Joseph Viola came in second moments behind Roukey, with a time of 22.35 seconds. The two runners combined for another 12 team points. Meanwhile in the 400m, Viola (49.67 seconds) combined with Scott Merrill (51.39) for another seven points as the duo took third and fourth respectively.
In the 800m, Maine took four of the top five spots including a first-place finish from Alexander Moser, who recorded a time of 1:53.97 seconds. Jake Liethiser took second with a mark of 1:54.54, while Liam Nee took fourth (1:57.76) and Jacob Johns took fifth with a mark of 1:58.56.
Moser struck again in the 1500m with another first-place finish coming in with a time of 3:54.44 and seven points. Meanwhile Kelton Cullenberg took second in the 5000m with a final mark of 14:39.18. Jarrod Lenfest capped the distance events with a third place finish with a time of 33:05.76.
Michael Lucas added five points through the 400m hurdles as he took second in the event. Lucas came in with a time of 55.77 seconds while New Hampshire's Tyler Mulcahy took first with a mark of 55.70 seconds.
Derrek Shultz and Levi Frye sparked Maine's effort in the 3000m Steeplechase as the duo finished second and third, respectively. Shultz finished with a mark of 10:06.47 while Frye finished with a mark of 10:11.53.
For the second-consecutive weekend Maine ran to first-place finishes in a relay event as the men's team of Roukey, Del Duca, Meade and Viola helped the Black Bears to top-honors in the 4x100 relay. The team of four, finished with a time of 42:21 seconds.
Maine's jumpers once again competed strong, beginning with Connor Harris, Tyler Martin and Assad Hicks in the high jump. Harris finished second with a final mark of 1.90m (6-04.75) while Martin (1.85m, 6-00.75) and Hicks (1.85m, 6-00.75) both tied for third.
In the long jump Maine tallied the second-through-fifth-place finishers beginning with Julian Hubbard who came in second place. Hubbard finished with a mark of 6.49m (21-3.50) while Herby Lafortune finished third (6.14m, 20-01.75), Derek Burgess finished fourth (6.12, 20-01.00) and Miguel Caballero finished fifth (6.02, 19-09.00).
Meade, Harris and Hubbard were a triple threat in the triple jump as the trio finished in the top three spots, respectively. Meade finished with a mark of 14.83m (48-08.00) while Harris finished second with a mark of 13.97m (45-10.00) and Hubbard came in third with a mark of 13.80m (45-03.50).
Justin Gagne excelled in the shot put coming in first with a final throw of 16.69m (54-09.25) adding to the first-place team point total. Gagne added a third place showing in the discus to his resume later on in the meet, as he finished with a mark of 44.22m (145-01).
Wilson Adams was Maine's best entrant in the hammer throw as the junior finished with a mark of 55.92m (183-05).
On the women's side Jaclyn Masters got things rolling for the Black Bears with a third-place finish in the 100m dash. Masters came in with a time of 12.69 seconds while Lauren Perrodin from New Hampshire, took top honors.
In distance events Annabelle Wilson and Carolyn Stocker combined for seven team points in the 5000m run, coming in fourth and fifth respectively. Wilson recorded a time of 18:41.66 while Stocker came in with a final mark of 19:10.04. Claudia Pham from Dartmouth took the top spot with a time of 17:24.56.
Ashten Hackett impressed in the 100m hurdles as she took second place and five team points recording a final time of 14.63 seconds. Virginia Lavallee from the Wildcats finished first with a time of 14:51.
In the 4x100m the team of Katelyn Guilmette, Hackett, MacLean and Jessica McCarthy combined to give Maine a second place finish. The quartet finished the event with a mark of 49.24 seconds while the New Hampshire team of Perrodin, Morgan Costa, Sydney Kay and Allison Brehm finished first with a time of 47.87 seconds.
In the jump events Helen Manning took third with a final height of 1.47 meters (4-09.75) while Jessica Salley from UNH took first with a mark of 1.68m (5-06.00). Meanwhile Masters followed her pole vault event win last week with a second-place showing this week, with a mark 3.27m (10-08.75). McCarthy capped the Maine's strong jump events with a mark of 5.02m (16-05.75) coming in second while MacLean finished third with a final mark of 5.00m (16-05.00).
In the throw events Ashley Donhoe took fourth in the discus with a mark of 40.10m (131-07) as Corine Kominkiewicz took first for Dartmouth. Meanwhile Emily Boardman took third in the hammer throw with a mark of 46.78m (153-06).
The Black Bears will next be in action next week as Maine takes part in a meet at Holy Cross beginning on April 16 and concluding on April 17.