The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls continued to show improvement at their second trip to Fitchburg State on Saturday as reflected in many personal and school marks being set. In his first run at 800 meters, Matthew Payan (Auburn, NH), lowered the school mark to 2:20.80. Other running marks set on the men's side included the 1500m being lowered to 4:53.50 by Kyle Davis (Addison, ME), the 3000m steeple chase by Andrew Hunt (Peterborough, NH) to 11:48.95, and the 4x800m relay established at 9:57.90 by Davis, Adan Mohamed (Portland, ME), Travis Simpson (Maple Shade, NJ), and Hunt.
Although not being officially scored, had the meet been tallied the men's squad would have finished in a virtual tie for fourth place of the 13 institutions represented. The majority of points would come from the relay events with individual scorers being Paul Kaplan (Embden, ME) in the discus, Jahvion Lockridge (Grand Rapids, MI) in the long jump, and Hunt in the steeple chase. Other participants included Sam Carpenter (New Bedford, MA – shot, discus), Allen Stanback (Salem, NJ – shot, discus), Chad Bartlett (Bradley, ME - shot, javelin), Mike Guerrette (shot, discus), Jesse Gonzalez (Othello, WA - 100m, 200m), and Matthew Caron (Caribou, ME - 100m, long jump).
On the women's side, Jenny Sanborn (Sangerville, ME) lowered her school mark in the 100m to 19:28 prior to competing in the the 200m as well. Chenoa Jackson lowered her personal bests and school marks in the 800m and 1500m as she posted times of 3:08.58 and 6:27.98 in the two events. Casey Lovely of Easton, ME continued to show the results of her efforts in training as she improved her shot put to 6.50m, or 21'-04". Had the meet been scored Lovely would garner 10 points, enough to result in a team finish better than three other institutions.
The Owls next travel to Colby-Sawyer College on the 29th for their first appearance in the NAC Championships.