UMaine standouts shine at America East championships

The University of Maine was well-represented this week as it competed in the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

The men’s squad finished fourth and the women’s team placed sixth. Albany swept the team championships.

Distance specialists Corey Conner and Kelton Cullenberg and shot-putter Justin Gagne came away with individual titles.

Conner continued her dominance on the track, claiming two victories. On Monday, the senior from Townsend, Mass., won the 5,000 meters with a time of 16 minutes, 24.13 seconds. The time, third-best in school history, qualified Conner for the ECAC Championships.

Conner followed that up Tuesday by earning first place in the 3,000 meters. Her time of 9:26.30, which ranks No. 3 in UMaine annals, also put her in the ECACs.

Cullenberg spearheaded the Black Bear men on Monday when he captured the 5,000 crown with a time of 14:44.58. It was a top-five effort at UMaine and qualified for the IC4A Championships.

He also wound up third in the 3,000.

Justin Gagne carried the UMaine banner Tuesday when he came away with the shot put championship. Gagne’s heave of 57-3 1/2 ranks third in school history and puts him in the IC4A field.

UMaine’s distance medley team brought home a gold medal with a time of 10:05.83. That unit included Ryan Hardiman, Michael Tudor of Scarborough, Gregory O’Donnell of Hampden and Alex Moser of York Harbor.

It was an IC4A time.

Other individual standouts for UMaine include James Reed, the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles (8.01) and the fourth-place finisher in the 60 meters (7.05). Moser was second in the mile (4:13.96) and claimed fourth in the 1,000 (2:30.14).

Nathanel Meade of Waldoboro finished second in the triple jump (47-11 1/2) and Frank Del Duca of Bethel was the second-place performer in the triple jump with an IC4A-qualifying jump of 23-3 1/2.

The women’s team also received a runner-up effort from Robyn McFetters in the weight throw at 53-2 3/4, which ranks third in school history and qualified for the ECACs.

Ali Fereshetian of Turner also had an ECAC-worthy run in the 60-meter hurdles, with an 8.85 that is third in school history.

Next up for UMaine are Saturday meets against the University of New Hampshire.

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Pete is a Bangor native who graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1980. He earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He has been a full-time member of the Bangor Daily News Sports staff since 1984. Pete lives in Bangor with his wife of 35 years, Annia. They have two adult sons, Will and Paul. Pete is fluent in Spanish and enjoys visiting his in-laws and friends in Costa Rica. His hobbies including hunting, fishing and listening to jazz.