FULL RESULTS (CHECK BACK SOON)
DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Jessica McCarthy and Ashten Hackett were the inaugural competitors for the 2013-14 season for Maine track and field as the duo took second and fourth, respectively, in the pentathlon in Durham, New Hampshire, Saturday afternoon. McCarthy finished the events with a total of 3,178 while Hackett accrued 2,755.
In what was day one of the two-day opening meet for the rival schools, McCarthy and Hackett got the Black Bears off to a strong start.
The day started off with the 55-meter hurdle event as Hackett had the highest finish of the two Maine entrants taking second with a mark of 8.62 seconds. With that time she tallied 854 points. Meanwhile, McCarthy finished close behind with a time of 8.00 and 775 points.
In the high jump McCarthy took second in the event with a mark of 1.53 meters for 655 points, while Hackett took seventh with her mark of 1.35 meters, netting her 460 points.
McCarthy reeled in her second-consecutive second-place finish in the next event, coming in with a mark of 9.98m in the shotput, pushing her overall total to 1,958 points. Hackett finished sixth in the event with her total of 394 points and a distance of 7.91m.
In the fourth event of the pentathlon, both McCarthy and Hackett finished back-to-back with fourth and fifth place showings. McCarthy tallied a final distance of 4.72 for 485 points while Hackett finished close behind in the standings with a final mark of 4.51 and 431 points.
In her last event of the afternoon McCarthy finally broke through with a first-place finish. The Burlington, Mass., native tallied an event-best time of 2:26.67 in the 800-meter event. Meanwhile Hackett came in fourth with a time of 2:36.32.
New Hampshire's Virginia Lavallee took first place in the event as she bested McCarthy's total by just 23 points finishing with a final mark of 3,201. Caroline Bonsaint finished third (2,760) while Hackett rounded out the top four with her final mark of (2,709).
The Black Bears get into the rest of the meet tomorrow in Durham New Hampshire as the two teams attempt to get off to a strong start to the track and field schedule. Check back to GoBlackBears.com for an update and recap from the weekend's action.