Bangor track athlete listed in fair condition after accident

Posted Feb. 10, 2010, at 10:49 p.m.
Bangor High School's Kate Rouleau takes off in the girls' long jump during Tuesday evening's quad meet at University of Maine's fieldhouse. BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
Bangor High School's Kate Rouleau takes off in the girls' long jump during Tuesday evening's quad meet at University of Maine's fieldhouse. BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Bangor High School senior Kate Rouleau was recuperating in a Bangor hospital on Wednesday after an accident while jogging with a teammate during practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Rouleau, 18, and teammate Nikita Kacer, 17, also a senior, were struck by a car while jogging on the sidewalk on Broadway just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber.

Stanley Stewart of Argyle was waiting to turn left into the parking lot at Jiffy Print, and another driver waved him through. As he turned, his pickup truck struck a car driven by Justin Keene of Attleboro, Mass., and the impact knocked Keene’s vehicle into Rouleau and Kacer as they were jogging by.

Attempts to reach Bangor head coach Jaime Cooke were unsuccessful Wednesday night.

Kacer was treated and released from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Tuesday night and Rouleau was listed in fair condition Wednesday night, according to an EMMC nursing supervisor.

Rouleau and Kacer are among eight members the Rams listed to possibly run on their 4×800-meter relay in Monday’s Class A state championship meet in Gorham.

A team can list up to eight athletes when sending in their seeds, and can choose any four to participate in the relay.

Rouleau ran on Bangor’s 2-mile relay in last weekend’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League championships, where they finished fifth, and the Rams are seeded 11th out of 15 entered teams in that event for the state meet.

A number of Rouleau’s teammates and coaches visited her in the hospital after practice Wednesday.

Bangor High is located on Broadway and it’s not uncommon for the team’s distance runners to train on the sidewalks of the often-busy thoroughfare.

The Rams are one of the team favorites for Monday’s state championships, as they’re seeded for 53 points. They’re expected to be competitive with Southern Maine Activities Association champion Thornton Academy of Saco and other Western Class A foes Cheverus of Portland and Bonny Eagle of Buxton.

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