NEW GLOUCESTER, ME – The men's harriers from Aroostook County showed their grit and the results of recent training in running to many season's best times at the Maine State Championships on Saturday. Despite the absence of usual fourth scorer Andrew Hunt (SO, Bennington, NH) the Owls ran to the ninth spot on a very technical course at Pineland Farms.
Opening mile splits indicated that improved finish times were likely, with Sully Jackson (SR, Wilton, ME) passing at 5:25 en route to a finishing time of 28:38, good for 58th place in the 122 man field. Jackson's effort was a strong start on team scoring as Trevor Levesque (JR, Presque Isle, ME) finished at 29:39 (70th place), an effort that Coach Chris Smith indicates was "Trevor's best effort since he began his running at UMPI in 2014. His consistent and structured summer training is really beginning to show." Scoring was rounded out by Saul Nunez (JR, Presque Isle), in at 31:44 (89th), Terrance Reidy (FR, Presque Isle, ME) (100th at 33:47), and Jake Welch (FR, Duluth, MN) (101st at 33:58). Cameron Mathies (FR, Hampden, ME) ran a season's best at 34:08 as he continues to recover from injuries, and was followed by Justin Lopez (SO, Lincolnville, ME) at 36:02 and James Churchill (SO, Presque Isle, ME) at 36:56.
Colby College won the meet with the low score of 28 points, followed by Bates College (45), Bowdoin College (49), U-Southern Maine (131), UM-Farmington (165), Thomas College (202), Maine Maritime Academy (209), St. Joseph's College (209), The Owls (235), and Unity College (304). The individual winner was freshman James Jones of host Bates College. Jones paced his race well before pulling away late to finish three seconds ahead of Colby's David Chelimo (25:17 and 25:20).
Select Owls will next travel to Waterville to compete on Friday against the Terriers of Thomas College before gearing up for the North Atlantic Conference Championships in Johnson, VT on the 29th.