Masters qualifies for NCAA track meet

Posted May 30, 2010, at 11:37 p.m.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — University of Maine sophomore Riley Masters of Bangor advanced to the NCAA Track and Field championships by virtue of his performance in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminaries over the weekend.

Masters posted a time of 3 minutes, 34.27 seconds in the semifinals to advance to his second straight NCAA championship meet. He placed fifth in the NCAA indoor championships in the mile last winter.

Also competing for the Maine men were Jamie Ruginski of Buxton, who placed 33rd out of 48 competitors in the triple jump with a mark of 49 feet, 0.75 inches.

For the women, Vicki Tolton earned 15th in the 400 meters in 53.79 seconds, while placing 44th in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.11. She just missed qualifying for NCAAs in the open 400.

Corey Conner earned 21st in the 5,000 meters in 16:43.88, while Jesse Labreck competed in both the 100 hurdles and triple jump. She clocked a 13.97 in the hurdles to finish 41st and jumped 40-1.50 in the triple jump to finish 39th.

Rounding out UMaine’s competitors were Jessica Bond, who came in 16th in the javelin with a toss of 142-10, and Cearha Miller, who ran 24.21 in the 200 to place 37th.

Colby’s Linhard an All-American

Emma Linhard of Colby College in Waterville finished eighth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held Saturday in Berea, Ohio.

The junior from Brunswick turned in a personal-best and school-record time of 4:31.43 to claim All-America honors.

Colby junior Danielle Sheppard finished tied for 11th in the high jump (5-3¾).

Bates rowing national runner-up

Bates College in Lewiston finished as the national runner-up in the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championship held at Golden River, Calif.

The Bobcats finished second for the second year in a row behind five-time champion Williams College of Williamstown, Mass. Bates finished 5.15 seconds behind Williams, which was clocked in 6:43.81.

Trinity was third, followed by Ithaca and Puget Sound 1.

Bates’ second varsity eight boat competed in the Petite Final and finished fourth.

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