PRINCETON, N.J. – With the track and field season slowly winding down, it didn't stop Maine track and field from sending competitors to the ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Championship in Princeton, N.J., this weekend. In the second and third days of competition the Black Bears men's squad picked up where they left off this season, highlighted by the efforts of Justin Gagne and Nathaniel Meade.
Both Gagne and Meade have qualified for the NCAA regional round in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31 but both had impressive showings this weekend.
Meade set a new program and personal best at the meet, placing first in the triple jump with a final distance of 15.30 meters (50-02.50), topping his previous best outdoor mark of 14.94m, set this year at the Penn Relays.
Meanwhile Gagne competed in two throwing events, with his best coming in the shot put. The senior thrower, who was named America East Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the America East outdoor championship this season, came in third in the event with a mark of 17.80m (58-04.75). Only Cornell's Stephen Mozia (18.96m) and Dustin Brode (18.19m) bested Gagne.
Gagne also comepted in the discus event where he cracked the top-10 in a competitive field, placing ninth overall with a final distance of 52.26m (172-04). Penn's Sam Mattis claimed the top spot with a mark of 60.47m (198-05).
Wilson Adams competed in the hammer throw on Saturday and came in 11th overall with a mark of 57.05m (187-02). Manhattan's Love Litzell topped all entrants in the even with a final heave of 64.75m (212-05).
Alexander Parenteau continued the throw events as he competed in the javelin. The junior thrower came in 14th in the event with a final mark of 61.12m (200-06).
Maine's 4x100 team also competed as James Reed, Meade, Daniel Roukey and Frank Del Duca came in 16th overall. The quartet finished the race with a time of 41.91 seconds. Pitt's squad of Reginald Steele, Carvin Nkanata, Micah Murray and Brycen Spratling came in first (40.48 seconds).
In the sprint events, Del Duca came in 18th in the 100m prelims with a time of 10.90 seconds, while Jake Leithiser impressed in the middle distance events advancing to the finals in the 800m. In the preliminary round, Leithiser ran the race with a time of 1:50.91 while he was unable to best that time as he came in sixth with a time of 1:51.05 in the final round. Leithiser's time in the prelims is a new PR for the junior runner.
Alexander Moser participated a distance event as he ran in the 1500-meter run, coming in 16th overall with a time of 3:50.93. John Gregorek of Columbia took first with a time of 3:43.11.
Both Gagne and Meade will be featured in Maine's next meet in Jacksonville, Fla., as the duo compete in the NCAA East Regional. The competition will take place May 29-31.