UMaine’s Track and Field team invited the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Bates College to the Beckett Family Track Complex for a tri-meet last Sunday, April 2. The men’s team tied Bates for first with both teams earning a total score of 129. After the day was over, the women’s team found themselves alone in first place, with a total score of 134 points.
On the men’s side, third-year Thomas Murray was first to score for Maine, with his 50.59 meter hammer throw. His second place finish earned Maine five points.
First-years Troy Davis and Erick Seekins earned second and third place in the long jump, with their respective distances of 6.15 meters and 6.03 meters.
Third-year Kelby Mace excelled in the javelin throw, earning first place with a throw of 63.85 meters. First-year Kyle Faucher of New Hampshire placed second, with his 57.37 meter launch.
Bates College shone in the 4×100 meter relay. Their team, consisting of third-year Isaiah Seetram, second-years Ryan Corley and Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene and fourth-year Colin Kraft, ran the race in 44.70, earning seven points with their first place finish. Maine and UNH were both disqualified for running out of bounds.
Fourth-year Levi Frye and second-year Simon Powhida placed in the 1500-meter run, with times of 4:07.99 and 4:0.90, respectively.
Fourth-year Jake Osborn topped the chart in the 400-meter dash with his time of 50.66. Fourth-year Patrick Griffin of Bates was right behind him with a time of 50.75.
Second-year Tucker Corbett bested all opponents in the 800-meter run, with his time of 1:57.81.
Maine dominated in the 400-meter hurdles with first and second place finishes from third-year Elijah Yeboah and first-year Branden Kuusela.
Third-year Mozai Nelson ran for a first place finish in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 22.05.
Fourth-year Jesse Orach outpaced all others in the 5000-meter run. His time of 14:26.92 was 38 seconds faster than second place finisher Aaron Willingham, a second-year of UMaine.
On the women’s side, third-year Rachel Bergeron got the scoring going in the hammer throw with her flight of 55.10 meters.
In the long jump, second-year Ariel Clachar was the best with her jump of 5.51 meters.
Fourth-year Ashley Donohoe secured the top spot in the shot put with her throw of 12.22 meters. Donohoe was back in the discus throw with a first place throw of 39.78 meters. Bergeron was right behind her with a throw of 39.20 meters.
Maine excelled in the 4×100 meter relay, when their team of Clachar, first-year Cassidy Hill, fourth-year Teal Jackson and second-year Lauren Magnuson ran for a time of 48.69, four seconds ahead of Bates College who placed second.
First-year Tiffany Tanner ran a 2:20.26 in the 800-meter run to secure first place for Maine.
Jackson earned Maine seven points with her 26.42 second run in the 200-meter dash.
UNH’s fourth-year Katherine Estep ran a 18:30.86 5000-meter run to secure seven points for her team.
In the final event of the day, Maine’s four-woman team of Tanner, Jackson, third-year Alexis Dietrich and first-year Elisabeth Redwood placed first in the 4×400 meter relay. The final score landed Maine in first with 134, Bates in second with 126 and UNH in third with 107 points.