Toothaker, McFetters pace UMaine track and field teams

ORONO, Maine — It was a productive weekend for the University of Maine indoor track and field teams during the New England Championships held in Boston.
The Black Bears men finished eighth out of 32 teams, headed by a trio of third-place finishes.
Justin Gagne of Biddeford took third in the shot put with a throw of 57 feet, 3 inches, which ranks third in school history.
Matthew Toothaker of Hampden established a UMaine record in the heptathlon, scoring 4,908 points. His top efforts included thirds in the pole vault (13-9 1/4) and the shot put (37-11 1/2).
Teammate Jake Leithiser of Old Town placed fourth in the heptathlon with 4,883 points.
Alexander Moser of York Harbor also logged an individual third-place effort, running the mile in 4 minutes, 7.78 seconds, good for fifth best all-time at UMaine.
James Reed took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.04), a top-three time in school annals.
Other strong efforts came from Frank Del Duca of Bethel (7th long jump, 22-9 1/4) and Brian Woodbury of Scarborough (8th shot put, 51-6 1/4)
The women’s squad was led by Robyn McFetters, who finished fourth in the weight throw at 53-1 3/4, which ranks fifth in school history.
Carolyn Stocker was sixth in the 5,000 in 17:23.24, a top-5 school time, while Ali Fereshetian of Turner claimed sixth in the pentathlon with 3,319 points.
Jaclyn Masters of Auburn finished ninth in the pole vault at 11-1 3/4, good for fifth in UMaine history.
The UMaine women finished 18th out of 36 teams.

McFetters sets UMaine mark
McFetters, a sophomore from Barrington, R.I., recently set a school record in the weight throw during a dual meet against the University of New Hampshire.
McFetters threw 55-10 1/2, beating the previous mark of 55-0 set by Rebecca Even in 2009. The throw easily qualifies for the ECAC Championships and is the top throw in America East this season.
Also in that meet, Masters turned in the second-best pole vault in school history at 12-01 1/2, which qualifies for the ECAC Championships and won the event. Angelica Nelligan-Smith of Glenburn finsihed second in the event at 11-1 3/4, good for fifth all time at UMaine.
Fereshetian’s 8.24 clocking to win the 55-meter hurdles was the third-fastest in school history.

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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.