BOSTON — Senior Corey Conner smashed a University of Maine school record while qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet in the 5,000-meter run at the Terrier Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Junior and Bangor High graduate Riley Masters also qualified for NCAA’s with a second-place finish.
Conner won the 5,000 with a time of 16 minutes, 6.18 seconds to break the old school mark of 16:28.2 by Patty McCormick in 1995. Conner won the race by more than four seconds.
Three other UMaine athletes qualified for the ECAC Championships. Senior Jordan Daniel of Corinna was third in the mile with a time of 4:56.16, placing her in the top 10 fastest mile times for females in school history. Sophomore Cearha Miller won the 400-meter run with a time of 56.57, another top-10 school mark, and junior Jesse Labreck of Oakland won the 200 with a qualifying time of 25.04 seconds, another top-10 school time.
In the men’s meet, senior Trevor England from Auburn won the triple jump with a distance of 47 feet, 4.5 inches and qualified for IC4A’s.
Masters finished second in the 3,000 with a time of 7:53.11; James Berry, a senior from Orono, was second in the pole vault with a height of 14-6; and Jeffrey Ramos, a senior from Turner, was second in the high jump at 6-8. Justin Gagne finished third in the shot put with a throw of 52-1. Both Gagne and England had top-five school history efforts and qualified for IC4A’s.