Lewiston, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle men and women's track and field performed extremely well in their second and last meet of the 2021 season. School records were set by three athletes in three distinct specialty areas. On the men's side, senior Paul Kaplan (Embden, ME) broke his own triple jump record by almost 21" with a monster jump of 41'-1.75". His former record was set at U-Mass Dartmouth in 2019. Steven Nader (So., Washburn, ME) broke the 200m record set in 2018 by clocking in at 23.43, bettering the previous mark by .16 seconds, set by Chris Udobe at St. Lawrence University. Senior Margaret Dickinson (Lisbon falls, ME) had previously bested her own discus record in the first meet of the 2021 season at USM at 83'-11" (25.58m). On Saturday she yet again pushed the mark up, this time by two feet to 85'-11" (26.19m), placing her seventh.
Kaplan scored eight points with his second place finish in the triple. He scored four more in the discus with his fourth place finish at 106'-03" (32.40m). Nader scored one point (sixth place) in his 200m event and earlier on had lowered his personal best time in the 100m to 11.76 (eighth place), only .06 seconds off the current UMPI record. Zach Wood (Fr., Apopka, FL) ran 12.49 and 25.21 for 10th and 12th places in his 100m and 200m events, respectively. It should be noted that the men's records and improvements by the three is principally due to the direction of coach Leo Kashan, this being his third season exclusively handling the sprinting and jumping events.
Dickinson finished in 10th place in her shot event with a throw of 26'-9" (8.15m). Both Marissa Havey (Fr., Surry, ME) and Samantha Morton (Fr., Chelmsford, ME) threw shot, discus, and javelin. Havey finished 17th in shot (23'-05", 7.15m), 10th in discus (71'-03", 21.71m), and seventh in javelin (61'-03", 18.67m). Morton placed 19th in shot (21-06.75', 6.57m), 16th in discus (61-10", 18.86m) and sixth in javelin (64'-10", 19.77m), good enough for one point.
In running events, Kailee Sprague (Fr., North Berwick, ME) placed sixth in the 400m with a personal best of 1:27.36, scoring one point for the Owls. Kendra Silvers and Annaset Jackson (So., Wilton, ME) each doubled in the 1500m and 800m events. Silvers ran 6:04.01 in the 1500m, scoring eight points (second place). Her fifth place finish with a personal best time of 2:57.53 in the 800m scored two points. Jackson ran to fifth place in the 1500m at 6:30.66 (two points) and to ninth place in the 800m at 3:16.32. Both times turned in by Jackson were personal bests for the year.
Team scoring saw the women placing fifth of five teams with 14 points and the men also in fifth of seven teams with 13 points. The closing of this 2021 season sees the conclusion of the UMPI athletic careers for seniors Paul Kaplan, Marge Dickinson, and Kendra Silvers. Their dedication to all the programs they have participated in goes well beyond track and field. Their focus on spring track and field in spite of the cancelled 2020 and very much curtailed 2021 seasons is testament to their competitiveness and dedication to their teammates and their University. Their experience and leadership will be missed but many returning athletes will be stepping into those roles for the 2021-22 season, being greatly due to the influence of the Kaplan, Dickinson, and Silvers.