Maine Cross Country Opens 2013 Schedule At Home
ORONO, Maine – The 2013 men's and women's Maine cross country teams will kick off the new campaign this coming Saturday when they host the Maine Open Meet here in Orono, Maine. The race is scheduled for 11 a.m.
The first meet highlights a schedule with five contests with the potential of two more if the Black Bears place runners in the NCAA qualifying event and national championships.
Following this weekend's race, Maine will head to Amherst, Mass., to run against Massachusetts on Sept. 14. That race will also begin at 11 a.m. The Black Bears will then return home on Sept. 20, when it hosts rival New Hampshire at 3 p.m.
Maine will have one final tune-up race on Oct. 12 when both squads run at the Franklin Park meet in Boston, Mass., beginning at noon.
The Black Bears will run for the America East championship in Binghamton, N.Y., on Nov. 2 with the start time slated for 10 a.m.
The NCAA qualifier will take place in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 15 and the NCAA championships the following week on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Men's team returns its top performer from 2012, Kelton Cullenberg. The senior consistently finished first for the Black Bears and ran a team-best third place at the 2012 America East Championships. Ryan Hardiman, the next-best finisher at the conference meet, is also back for another year in Orono, Maine. Jarrod Lenfest, Jesse Orach and Derrek Schultz will join their two teammates as they look to improve up on a fifth place showing at the conference championship.
The men's squad will see many new faces this year. Lucas Bourget, Andrew Closson, Levi Frye, Jacob Johns, Cameron Nadeau and Thomas Salamone will all be newcomers for the Black Bears program in 2013.
The women's side will see a much larger roster and many more will join the fold. Carolyn Stocker headlines the list of returners for Maine. Stocker was the top-finisher at the 2012 America East championship last season, coming in 16th with a time of 17:35.26. Joining Stocker is Rachel Wilkinson, Lauren Conner, Taylor Cunningham, Alexandria McVicar, Anne Ryan, Mary Scanlan, Kate Spies, Abigail Wessels, Annabelle Wilson.
Maine will see a handful of newcomers for the upcoming season. Joining Maine women's cross country will be Monique Boutin (York, Maine), Alexandra Courtney (Saco, Maine), Paige Gallagher (Bedford, Nova Scotia), Miranda Gile (Poland, Maine), Taryn Haller (Mystic, Conn.), Naomi Holzhauer (Rockland, Maine), Darien Lewis, (Ellsworth Maine), Ariel McNett (Topsham, Maine), Kailyn Russell (Bar Harbor, Maine), and Ashton Weiler (Rockaway, N.J.),.
Check back to GoBlackBears.com for results from this weekend's meet.