After competing in the America East Championships, qualifying members of the University of Maine men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Boston University for the New England Championships.
The men’s team scored 31 points, finishing in eighth place out of 36 teams after sitting in 17th place following day one of the competition. Junior hurdler James Reed and senior thrower Justin Gagne led the way while junior heptathlon athlete Matte Toothaker broke the school record.
Sophomore thrower Robyn McFetters and distance runner Carolyn Stocker led the woman’s team to an 18thplace finish out of 34 with 12 points.
The University of Connecticut swept the men’s and women’s New England Championships, with the men’s team racking up 164.5 points and the women’s team scoring 139.33 points.
On day one, Reed posted a top-three school mark in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.07 seconds during the preliminary round. During the finals on day two, Reed bested the time he set the day before, running the event in 8.04 seconds and finishing fourth overall.
Gagne also took home a third-place finish, throwing the shot put a distance of 57 feet 3 inches. Also finishing in third place was junior distance runner Alexander Moser, finishing the 1-mile run in a time of 4 minutes, 7.78 seconds, a top-five school mark.
Toothaker set the school record in the heptathlon, finishing in third place overall with 4,908 points. Toothaker finished third place in the pole out of the heptathlon athletes, with a height of 13 feet 9.25 inches, and third place in the shot put, with a throw of 37 feet 11.5 inches. Sophomore teammate Jake Leithiser finished fourth overall in the heptathlon with a score of 4,883 points.
Junior jumper Frank Del Duca finished seventh in the long jump with a jump of 22 feet 9.25 inches, which is a top 10 school mark.
Stocker competed in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 17 minutes 23.24 seconds, a top 5 school time.
Junior pentathlon athlete Allison Fereshetian placed sixth place, scoring 3,319 points.
Pole vaulters freshman Jaclyn Masters and senior Angelica Nelligan-Smith took ninth and 16th place, respectively, with vaults of 11 feet 1.75 inches and 10 feet 8 inches.
Qualifying athletes will return to Boston University next week for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championships for the men and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships for the women. The event will be held at the Boston University Track and Field Pavilion in Boston, Mass. The two-day event starts on Saturday, March 2 at noon and concludes Sunday, March 3, at noon.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association national championships will be hosted by the University of Arkansas on March 8 and 9 to conclude the indoor track and field season.
UMaine opens up their outdoor track and field season at the University of Miami Hurricane Invitational on March 15 and 16. The only home meet UMaine will host this season is scheduled for March 30 at 11 a.m., when they will compete with the University of New Hampshire and Bates College.