Presque Isle, ME - Owls Pre-Season Look Sees increased Numbers
With seven weeks of pre-season training under their belts members of the 2019 women's and men's track and field teams are set for their opening meet to be held at Bridgewater State University on March 22nd and 23rd. The size of the field necessitates some throwers attending events on Friday with the balance of the events taking place on Saturday for the anticipated 25 institution field. Cross country runners have worked through the winter since the close of their fall 2018 season at the NCAA Division 3 Northeast Regional Championship meet at Bowdoin College, and are particularly eager to race. Runners from that group are, for the men, Kyle Davis (Addison, ME), Andrew Hunt ( Peterborough, NH), and Devon Maynard (Perham, ME). For the women, Chenoa Jackson (Wilton, ME), Rebeccca Griffin (Hodgdon, ME), Jenny Sanborn (Sangerville, ME), Irina Norkin (Denmark, ME), and Ashley Morton (Presque Isle, ME) will be racing. The two squads will be running distances from the 100m through the 3000m steeplechase.
Other athletes rounding out the 2019 teams are, for the women Dianna Poulin (Woodland, ME – throws), Liz Ward (Winthrop, ME – throws and sprints), Laura Fitzgerald (Springvale, ME – throws and sprints), and Marge Dickinson (Lisbon Falls, ME – throws). Other men are Allen Stanback (Salem, NJ – throws and sprints), Frank Kelly (Mapleton, ME - throws), Matthew Payan (Auburn, NH – throws and mid-distance), Paul Kaplan (throws, jumps, and sprints), Sam Carpenter (throws), Will Griffiths (Port St. Lucie, FL - sprints), Tyler Beach (Kennetcook, NS, Canada - throws), Connor Hrynuk (Boonville, NY – mid-distance), and Zach Boyle (throws and sprints).
This being the second year for a fully sponsored program has been a long time coming. Says head coach Chris Smith, "I've looked to begin varsity track and field since I first began coaching cross country back in 1987. In 1989 we made our first trip to NAIA nationals in Kenosha, WI and we got a first-hand look at how competitive it is on the national scene. After competing at nationals for three years, I did some research and found that we were one of but two or three teams represented who did not sponsor at least an outdoor season in the spring".
After the opener at Bridgewater State, the Owls will be traveling U-Mass Dartmouth, Regis College, Bowdoin College, Thomas College (hosting at Colby College), Fitchburg State University, and to the NAC championship meet to be hosted by Regis College in Wenham, MA. Should athletes meet NCAA standards for NCAA D3 New Englands they will be headed to Williams College for the early May championship meet.