Canton, NY – The University of Maine at Presque Isle track and field teams saw their long pre-season training tested on Saturday at the St. Lawrence University Saints Ice Breaker Open. After having the season opener at Bridgewater State on March 24 canceled due to weather, the Owls contingent made the treck to Canton, NY for their first varsity meet in school history. This being that first meet since initiating the track program, 14 school marks were established that will surely be improved upon as athletes look to break their own and teammates performances in upcoming meets.
On the men's side, the men's 4 x 100m relay saw the Owls finish in second spot in the five team meet gaining the Owls eight of their 15 points, tying them with Potsdam State University. Travis Simpson (Maple Shade, NJ) led off the relay with the baton moving to Jahvion Lockridge (Grand Rapids, MI), Paul Kaplin (Embden, ME), and Chris Udobe (Nigeria) who brought it home.
Other marks established on the day were the for the 100m (Lockridge, 12.13), the 200m (Udobe, 23.62), the 400m (Udobe, 54.88), the 800m (Kyle Davis, Addison, ME, 2:32), the 5000m (Andrew Hunt, Peterborough, NH, 19:17), the long Jump (Lockridge, 5.78m/18-11.75), the triple Jump (Kaplin, 11.39m/37-04.50), the dicus (Kaplin, 28.96/95-00), and the shot put (Sam Carpenter, New Bedford, MA, 8.53/28-00). Of the 15 points scored Chris Udobe garnered five, Jahvion Lockridge and Paul Kaplin had four each, and Travis Simpson two. Others on the men's team competing were Mike Guerrette (Presque Isle, ME, 100m, 400m), Allen Stanback (Salem, NJ, 100m, 200m, shot put), Matthew Payan (Auburn , NH, 200m, 400m, long jump), Adam Mohamed (Portland, ME, 800m), and Andy Tapia (Dover , NJ, shot put, discus).
School best marks were established by both Jennie Sanborn (Sangerille , ME) and Chenoa Jackson (Wilton, ME). Sanborn returns as an experienced competitor, as does Jackson, having competed last season on the club team established in 2010. Sanborn ran both the 100m and 200m, completing each race at 20.04 and 45.24, respectively. Jackson completed her typical 1500m/800m double, showing strong form with a 1500m of 6:35 and her 800m at 3:27.
Head coach Chris Smith indicates that a bit or rust and unfamiliarity for new as well as experienced athletes will dissipate with subsequent meets. "Next week's meets at Regis College and Fitchburg State University will really show us where we are once we get some kinks worked out. This being the first time outdoors for the whole group, along with the collegiate atmosphere, we find we need to adjust a bit. We'll certainly work to alleviate some of this for next week", he said. "I was very satisfied with our performances, both as a team and as individuals. It's been a long time coming and we're on our way". The Owls' sprints and relays coach, Terry Gaitor, reiterated the comments. "With this being the first meet of UMPI's track season we have many things to work on. This includes individual techniques as well as team skills. We can see where we are and we'll go from here". The Owls meet at Regis on Friday commences at 2:30pm and the Fitchburg State meet on Saturday morning.