Maine Track and Field Takes First and Fourth at Holy Cross
WORCESTER, Mass. – The brief onslaught of winter weather didn't keep the Maine track and field teams out for very long as the squads competed at a meet at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday. The men's squad stayed undefeated this year as they recorded yet another first place finish, while the women took fourth overall.
The men had its highest point total of the season as they recorded 304 team points, besting the field of six teams. Host, Holy Cross came in second with 115 points, while UMass-Amherst took third with 102 points.
Daniel Roukey continued his strong season and tied a school record in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 10.58 seconds. Roukey matched the program-best mark, which was originally set by Carl Smith back in 1990. Roukey secured 10 team points while teammate Frank Del Duca came in second with a time of 10.65 seconds.
Roukey prevailed once again in the 200m as he was part of a trio of Black Bears who took the top three spots. The senior sprinter came in with a time of 22.78 seconds while Del Duca placed second with a mark of 22.89 and Joseph Viola finished third with a time of 23.21 seconds, as the trio combined for 24 team points.
Viola finished in the top three once again as he took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.57 seconds. Zachary Hildenbrandt of Umass-Amherst took first, besting Viola's mark with a time of 49.50 seconds.
Jake Leithiser got on the board with a first-place finish, as he took top-honors in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.60. Stonehill's Daniel Zawalich was next fastest with a mark of 1:55.30.
Junior Alexander Moser tallied his second-consecutive meet with an event win as he came in first in the 1500 meter run. The distance runner clocked in with a mark of 3:53.87, which bested teammate, Kelton Cullenberg (3:54.56), by less than two seconds.
Sophomore Michael Lucas gave Maine another eight team points in the 400m as he came in with a time of 55.48 seconds while UMass-Amherst's Peter Farlow came in first with a time of 55.08 seconds.
Maine's jumps squad was strong once again as Black Bear athletes tallied top-3 finishes in all four events.
In the high jump Connor Harris came in second with a final mark of 1.88m (6-02.00) while Asaad Hicks, Tyler Martin tied for fourth (1.83m, 6-00.00) while Joseph Slattery came in sixth with a mark of 1.78m (5-10.00).
In the pole vault Devin Burgess came in with a second-place finish with a final height of 4.25m (13-11.25). Burgess reeled in 10 team points, as he was the highest finisher attached to a collegiate squad.
Herby Lafortune kept the strong finishes coming, as he took first in the long jump with a final distance of 6.25m (20-06.25) while Harris finished third with a mark of 6.04m (19-09.75).
Meanwhile Nathaniel Meade topped all entrants in the triple jump with a final mark of 14.56m (47-09.25). Meade was part of a trio of Black Bears that took the top-four spots in the event, as Julian Hubbard took second (13.54m) 44-05.25 and Harris took fourth (13.23m, 43-05.00).
Senior thrower Justin Gagne accounted for 20 team points with two event wins in the shot put and discus. Gagne finished the shot put with a top mark of 16.70m (54-09.50). Brian Woodbury came in right behind Gagne with a mark of 14.72m (48-03.50).
In the Discus, Gagne finished with a final mark of 48.80m (160-01.10). Maine placed two more in the top-3 as Shane Corbett took second (44.65m, 146-06) while Woodbury finished third (44.15m, 144-10).
In the final field event Maine took the top two spots once again as Aybars Gungor finished first with the event-best distance of 56.72m (186-01) while Tristan Wortman finished second with a mark of 55.62m (182-06).
On the women's side Jaclyn Masters came away with a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash as she came in with a time of 26.49 seconds. Meanwhile Shannon O'Neal followed that up with a top-3 finish, taking third in the 400m with a mark of 58.19 seconds.
Distance runner, Annabelle Wilson got on the board with a mark of 18:32.62 in the 5000-meter run, scoring five points. Holy Cross' Emily Hughes took first overall with a time of 17:34.57 seconds.
Ashten Hackett got on the board with an event win in the 100-meter hurdles as she came in with a time of 14.53 seconds. She beat out UMass-Amherst's Meghan Patrolia who was the next best runner.
Masters continued her strong day as she placed first in the pole vault. The sophomore recorded a final height of 3.40m (11-01.75) as she bested two Crusaders, Michell McGahn and Alexandra Parise.
In the field events Ashley Donohoe took first in the shot put adding 10 points to the team score as she recorded a mark of 12.33m (40-05.50). Donohoe followed that up with a third place finish in the discus, coming in with a distance of 38.48m (126-03).
Emily Boardman capped the event wins for the Black Bears as she came in first in the hammer throw, with a final mark of 48.55m (159-03). Bryant's Katelyn Kelleher came in second with a mark of 46.94m.
Holy Cross came in first overall with 208.50 points while UMass-Amherst took second with 182.50 points, followed by Stonehill with 124 and Maine with 85 points. Bryant took last in the event with 42 points.
The Black Bears will next be in action for its final tune-up weekend before the conference championships competing at the Penn Relays on April 24-26 and the one final meet at New Hampshire on April 26.