PASADENA, Calif. — University of Oklahoma junior Riley Masters broke his own record in the men’s 1,500-meter Friday evening, running 3 minutes 37.19 seconds to finish 14th in the event at the USATF Oxy High Performance Meet.
Masters, a Bangor native and former University of Maine standout, was the top collegiate finisher in the race that featured several high-caliber professional athletes, including several 2012 Olympic hopefuls.
The mark meets the Olympic Trials A standard (3:39.00) in the event to qualify him for the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials June 22-July 1 in Eugene, Ore., as well as the Olympic B standard (3:38.00). Masters’ time breaks his previous program record of 3:41.80 set earlier this season. It’s the second fastest time by a collegian this year.
<span class=”Sports_10tb”>USM athletes qualify for national meet</span>
Three members of the University of Southern Maine women’s outdoor track and field team, junior Molly Carl of York, senior Bethany Dumas of Augusta, and freshman Hannah Wiley of Arundel have made the field for the upcoming NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships that begin Thursday at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
Carl will be in the field for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. This will be her second trip to the NCAA outdoor championships. Dumas qualified in the javelin for the third straight year. Wiley has made the field in the long jump and the 400-meter hurdles.
<span class=”Sports_10tb”>UM athletes set for NCAA East</span>
Three University of Maine track and field standouts have qualified to compete in the NCAA East preliminary round May 24-26 at the University of North Florida, as announced by the NCAA this weekend.
Corey Conner of Townsend, Mass., will compete in the 5000 meter run while Robyn McFetters of Barrington, R.I., will compete in the hammer throw. Justin Gagne of Biddeford will represent the men’s side in the discus throw.
Conner will be seeded fifth in the 5000-meter run with a qualifying time of 15 minutes, 59.66 seconds while McFetters is seeded 32nd in the hammer throw with a distance of 56.65 meters.
Gagne is seeded 30th in the discus with a distance of 53.30.
All three student-athletes won their specific events at the America East Championships.
<span class=”Sports_10tb”>WNE 7, Bowdoin 1</span>
At Mansfield, Conn., the Bowdoin College Polar Bears’ season ended Friday as they were eliminated by Western New England University, 7-1, in an NCAA Regional game at Eastern Connecticut State University.
The Polar Bears (26-20) end with the second-most wins in school history, a runner-up finish in the NESCAC Tournament, the team’s second-ever NCAA Division III Tournament berth and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
Bowdoin beat the University of Southern Maine Thursday night 6-4 in an elimination game.
Nearly every member of the Western New England lineup had at least one hit against Bowdoin, led by Matt Anthonis was 4-for-5 with two runs scored. The Golden Bears struck first in the top of the second with the early 2-0 advantage on a sacrifice fly by freshman Stephen Buckley and a RBI hit by Schult.
Multi-hitters for Bowdoin included junior Oliver Van Zant and sophomore John Lefeber who both tallied two hits apiece. Both teams combined for 24 hits – none of which were for extra bases.