The University of Maine men’s and women’s indoor track team competed at the America East conference championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Mass. on Feb. 11-12. UMaine had top performers in every aspect of the sport, from distance running to throwing.
Senior Corey Connor and junior Kelton Cullenberg led the women’s and men’s distance running corps, while juniors James Reed and Allison Fereshetian led sprinters. Senior Justin Gagne and sophomore Robyn McFetters were the top performers among throwers.
The men’s team finished in fourth place, with 126 points — 4 four points behind third place University of Maryland Baltimore Country and 8.5 points behind second place Binghamton University. The women’s team finished in sixth place with 64.5 points. The University of Albany swept the men’s and women’s conference championships, with the men scoring 231.5 points and the women scoring 233.5 points.
On the first day, the men’s team captured two first-place finishes: one being Cullenberg’s victory in the 5,000-meter run and the other being a distance medley relay team.
Cullenberg finished first with a time of 14 minutes, 44.5 seconds, qualifying him for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, IC4A, championships, and placing himself among the top-five runners in school history for the 5,000-meter run. The distance medley team of Cullenberg, junior Ryan Hardiman, freshman Michael Tudor and junior Gregory O’Donnell captured first place, with an IC4A qualifying time of 10:50.
Gagne — the school record holder for the shot put — captured the shot-put title with a throw of 57 feet, 3 1/2 inches, qualifying him for the IC4A championships.
Junior Frank Del Duca placed second in the long jump, with a distance of 23 feet, 3 1/2 inches — a time that qualifies him for the IC4As and puts him in the top-seven performers in school history.
Reed, finishing with the best 60-meter hurdle time in preliminaries with a time of 8.18, ended up in second place, with a time of 8.01 seconds — a top-three school mark. Reed also placed fourth in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 7 seconds.
Reed, Del Duca, and sophomores Jake Leithiser and Joseph Viola comprised the 4×400-meter relay team that took home second place with a time of 3:52 — a top-four school time and IC4A qualifying time.
Junior Alexander Moser placed third in the 1-mile run, with a time of 4:13, and fourth in the 1,000-meter run, with a time of 2:30. Moser teamed up with O’Donnell and juniors Logan Nee and Liam Nee to take fifth in the 4×800-meter relay, finishing with a time of 7:56.
Junior Nathaniel Meade placed second in the triple jump, with a top-five school mark of 47 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Connor led the women’s team by capturing the 5,000-meter run title. Connor won in a time of 16:24, qualifying her for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.
McFetters placed second in the weight throw, with a distance of 53 feet, 2 3/4 inches — a distance good enough to place her into the ECAC championships and top-three school mark.
Fereteshian placed second in the 60-meter hurdles with in a time of 8.85 seconds. Fereteshian, senior Mary Fagan, freshman Shannon O’Neil, and junior Lauren Roush made up the sixth place finishing 4×400 meter relay team that finished in 3 minutes and 38 seconds. O’Neil also finished sixth overall in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.53 seconds, a top 10 school mark.
The woman’s team beat the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 16 by a score of 80-70. With a throw of 55 feet, 1 1/2 inches, McFetters beat the school record in the weight throw by 10 1/2 inches. With the throw, McFetters qualifies for the ECAC championships and is the top throw in the America East conference this season.
Freshman Jaclyn Masters won the pole-vault with a second best in school history height of 12 feet, 1 1/2 inches, while Fereshetian won the 55-meter hurdles in a top-three school time of 8.24 seconds. Both performances earn Masters and Fereshetian spots in the ECAC championships.
O’Neil won the 400-meter dash, with a time of 59.36 seconds, while junior Ashton Weiler beat out teammate junior Rachel Wilkinson in the 800-meter run by 0.36 seconds to win, with a time of 2:21.
Fagan, O’Neil, junior Jessica McCarthy and junior Lauren Roush took home first place in the 4×400 meter relay, with a time of 4:50.
The next stop for the men’s and women’s track teams are the New England Championships at Boston University, Feb. 22-23.