BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Maine track and field teams kicked off the 2014 America East track and field championships with a strong first day, highlighted by its field athletes, namely the throwers, in Burlington, Vt. Junior Wilson Adams' America East hammer throw school record and conference title during the day, sparked a fifth place finish for the men while the duo of Jaclyn Masters and Emily Boardman combined to help Maine to a sixth place finish at the end of day one for the women.
Adams once again broke the hammer throw record and recorded the day's only America East championship with a throw of 58.46m (191-09). Adams also added in 10 team points. Ethan Moore also got in on the team scoring, coming in fourth in the event with a mark of 54.76m (179-08) and registering five more team points. Justin Gagne came in seventh with a final throw of 51.90 (170-03) and two team points, for an event total of 17.
Alexander Parenteau came in as javelin runner up with a final mark of 58.86m (193-01), as UMass Lowell's Devin O'Neil came in first with a mark of 63.93m (209-09). Teammate Daniel Hales, who has struggled with injuries during his time at Maine, concluded his Maine career with a significant PR, besting his previous mark by 15 feet in the javelin, registering a mark of 53.13m (174-04).
In the jump events Nathaniel Meade was the America East runner up with a final distance of 6.91m (22-08.00). The second-place showing gave Maine eight team points.
On the men's side both Frank Del Duca and Daniel Roukey advanced to the finals of the 100-meter dash as Del Duca took third and Roukey fifth. Del Duca finished the sprint with a final time of 10.80 seconds while Roukey recorded a time of 10.83 seconds.
Roukey advanced to his second final round, in the 200m, as he came in fourth in the event with a time of 21.89 seconds. Meanwhile Joseph Viola was the final entrant to advance to the 400-meter dash as he clocked in with a mark of 49.67 seconds.
Jake Liethiser qualified for the finals in the 800-meter dash as he finished fifth in the preliminary round recording a time of 1:52.87 while teammate Liam Nee finished right behind him with a mark of 1:54.61, also qualifying for the final round.
Alexander Moser nearly topped all entrants in the 1500 meter prelims coming in second with a time of 3:58.04, with only Vermont's Thomas O'Leary besting him, as he advanced to the final round.
James Reed kept the qualifications coming as he advanced to the final round of the 110-meter hurdles, as the senior clocked in with a mark of 15.20 seconds. Meanwhile, sophomore Michael Lucas qualified for the final round in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.91.
In the decathlon, three personal records in three different events sparked Joseph Slattery to third place finish at the end of the first day, and 3244 points. Slattery will have an opportunity to challenge for the top spot as the decathlon concludes tomorrow.
The Men finished the day in fifth place with 36 points but have a chance to quickly climb the standings with many events yet to be scored. Defending champion, Albany, finished the day with 63 points and a first place showing, while UMBC was second (50), New Hampshire was third (41), and host Vermont was fourth with 37 points.
The women's squad had Ashten Hackett advance to the finals in the 100-meter hurdles as she clocked with a mark of 14.58 seconds.
Meanwhile Maine's field athletes got on the board with some points as defending America East Most Outstanding Rookie, Jaclyn Masters was runner up in the pole vault with a final height of 3.55m (11-07.75) and eight points, while thrower Emily Boardman recorded six points in the hammer throw and a third place finish with a mark of 49.07m (161-00).
Jessica McCarthy and Grace MacLean positioned themselves to challenge for a heptathlon title, as McCarthy finished the day with 2756 points while McLean finished in fifth with a mark of 2597 points. Vermont has a pair of athletes at the top of the heptathlon charts with Brittan St. Clair (3016) and Sara Roderick (2902) ending the day in first and second.
The Black Bears find themselves in sixth place following day one with 14 team points, while host Vermont leads after one day with 69.50 points. Albany sits second with 38 points, along New Hampshire, which also has 38. Binghamton is fourth with 33.50 points and Stony Brook is fifth with 16 points.
The Black Bears will finish up the 2014 conference meet tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. in Burlington, Vt. Click the link at the end of this article to see live results, live streaming and other news and notes at the America East championship central.