The University of Maine men and women’s track and field teams traveled to Worcester, Mass. to compete in the Holy Cross Invitational on Saturday. The meet consisted of athletes from Maine, Holy Cross, Stonehill and Rhode Island.
Maine’s lone competitor in the women’s shot put was second place finisher fourth-year Ashley Donohoe, who threw the shot just .03 meters shorter (12.51) than the winner of the event, first-year Shayla Lyons from Stonehill (12.54).
In the other throwing events, it was Donohoe and third-year Rachel Bergeron placing for the Black Bears. Bergeron won the hammer throw (58.11m), while Donohoe took third in the event (44.05m).
Second-years Briana Degone and Kayla Greenawalt finished fourth and fifth in the javelin throw, with throws of 38.43 meters and 34.64 meters respectively.
In the long jump, second-year Ariel Clachar beat out Holy Cross third-year Alanna Hitscherich to win, with a distance of 5.61 meters.
Second-year Olivia Wallace and fourth-year Kayla Marquis tied for fourth place in the pole vault with vaults of 2.75 meters.
In women’s running, second-year Lauren Magnuson won the 200-meter dash in 25.78 seconds. First-year Cassidy Hill placed fifth (26.36 seconds) and fourth-year Teal Jackson placed seventh (26.49) in the event.
In the 1500 meter, the top Maine finisher was fourth-year Naomi Holzhauer, with a time of 4:52.46, good for seventh place.
In the 800, first-year Tiffany Tanner finished three seconds behind Rhode Island second-year Katie McNulty for third place (2:15.09).
In the 400-meter hurdles, first-year Brittany Torchia (1:08.15) finished sixth and third-year Synclaire Tasker (1:11.16) finished seventh.
On the men’s side, first-year Branden Kuusela finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.74 seconds) and first-year Camden Cleathero finished sixth (16.91 seconds).
In the 1500 meter, third-year Jacob Johns earned the Maine victory with a time of 3:56.43. Third-year Logan Moses came in third in the event (4:02.59).
Maine secured a 1-2 finish in the 400-meter dash as fourth-year Jake Osborne (50.10 seconds) and fourth-year Joseph Slattery (50.26 seconds) grabbed the top two spots on the podium.
In the 200-meter dash, Maine grabbed the three spots with third-year Mozai Nelson (22.79) in first, Slattery (23.16) in second and first-year Erick Seekins (23.27) in third.
Second-year Aaron Willingham finished second in the 5000 meter (14:54.02), followed by third-year teammate Joshua Horne in third (14:57.48) and fourth-year teammate Justin Tracy in fourth (14:58.83).
Maine finished first in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:24.88, three seconds faster than second place Holy Cross.
In men’s field events, Maine third-years Jeremy Frantz (14.76 meters) and Adam Lufkin (13.90 meters) came in first and second in the shot put.
In the discus, fourth-year Shane Corbett came in first with a throw of 44.94 meters. Lufkin followed Corbett in second with a throw of 42.39 meters. Corbett finished second in the hammer throw (42.33 meters).
Maine now looks ahead to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 27, after which they’ll head to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday, April 29. The UMass meet will be the final competitive chance for the Maine athletes before conference championships the following weekend.