PHILIDELPHIA, Penn. – On what was a full day for Maine track and field with the squad split between the Penn Relays and the Wildcat Invitational II, junior thrower Wilson Adams highlighted the day, breaking a 50-year-old record in the hammer throw, at the Penn Relays at Franklin field. Adams bested Richard Nason's mark as the Black Bears capped a successful trip at the historic Penn Relay.
Adams broke the long-standing mark of 187-07.50 as he heaved a final toss of 189-2 (57.66m). The R.I., native has already knocked down one school record that stood for 50 years as he broke Nason's indoor record in the weight throw. Adams bested a field of over 20 of the best from across the country with only Blerim Pocesta from Manhattan (2nd) and UMBC's Thor Serafenas (1st) placing ahead of the Maine thrower. Ethan Moore also competed in the event and placed 17th with a mark of 178-6 (54.43m).
Nathaniel Meade also had a top-3 showing at the Penn Relays coming in third in the triple jump with a distance of 49-0.25 (14.94m). Only Buffalo's Austin Price (1st) and Monroe's Sabelo Ndlovu (2nd) had a better finish in the event.
At the second edition of the Wildcat invitational in Durham, N.H., Daniel Roukey got things started with a second place finish in the 100-meter dash clocking in at 11.35 seconds. Teammate Frank Del Duca came in fifth with a time of 11.43 seconds.
Roukey struck again in the 200m as he bested the field taking first with a time of 22.11 seconds while teammates, Joseph Viola (22.68) and Frank Del Duca (22.92) broke into the top four taking third and fourth, respectively.
Jake Leithiser kept the first-place finishes coming as he took top honors in the 800m with a time of 1:52.54, while Alexander Moser continued his hot streak, tallying another first-place finish in the 1500m with a time of 3:54.71.
Maine tallied another top-3 finish in the 400m-hurdle event as Michael Lucas tallied a time of 54.92 seconds.
Meanwhile in the jump events, Julian Hubbard and Devin Burgess combined for third and fourth place finishes in the long jump. Hubbard tallied a final distance of 6.27m (20-07.00) while Burgess recorded a final mark of 6.23m (20-05.25).
Maine recorded one final first-place showing in the javelin event as Alexander Parenteau heaved a final mark of 57.34m (188-01).
The Black Bears tallied yet another first-place victory in New Hampshire as they swept the outdoor series in Durham, taking all three meets with first-place victories. In the final Wildcat Invite, Maine totaled 134 points while Central Connecticut took second with 100 and UMass Amherst rounded out the top-3 with 98 points. Next was Dartmouth with 87, Vermont 86, New Hampshire 62.50, Connecticut, 50 and the Riverhawks of UMass Lowell with 47.
On the women's side Katelyn Guilmette and Shannon O'Neil reeled in a pair of fourth place finishes in the 100m and the 400m, respectively. Guilmette clocked in with a final time of 13.09 seconds in the 100m while O'Neil recorded a time of 1:00.38.
Annabelle Wilson had the best finish in the distance events as she came in fourth with a time of 18:14.49 in the 5000m, while she added five team points.
Ahsley Donohoe excelled in the throwing events coming in third in the shot put and fourth in the discus. In the shot put the freshman recorded a final toss of 39-10.00 (11.74m) while she secured a mark of 126-00 (38.41m) in the discus. Meanwhile Emily Boardman gave Maine another top-3 finish in the hammer throw with a final mark of 162-07 (49.56m).
The women's team finished sixth with 44.5 team points while UMass Amherst took top honors with 184 points. New Hampshire was next with 133, Vermont with 87, Dartmouth with 73, Connecticut College 61 and UMass Lowell with 47 points.
The Black Bears will now head to Burlington, Vt., on May 3-4 as the squad will compete at the America East outdoor track and field championships.