UMaine’s Conner 12th in 5,000 meters at NCAA championships

Posted March 08, 2013, at 9:50 p.m.

It is a busy weekend for some of Maine’s elite track and field athletes, who are competing at championship events around the country.

Corey Conner of the University of Maine competed Friday night in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas.

The senior from West Townsend, Mass., covered the 3.1 miles in 16 minutes, 2.44 seconds to claim a 12th-place finish in the 16-runner field. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won the race in 15:28.11.

Conner’s time was not a personal best.

At the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York, Kate Hall of Lake Region High School in Naples and Denzel Tomaszewski of Wells both established all-time Maine bests in their respective events.

Hall, a sophomore, again broke her own mark in the 200 meters, clocking a 24.81 in one section of the Emerging Elite race. She later ran a 24.88 in the finals to take third place.

Tomaszewski lowered his Maine best in the 60 meters, breezing to a 7.04 in his heat. He did not qualify for finals, but ended the season also owning the state’s all-time high school best time in the 55 meters (6.46).

Lindsay Folsom of Cony High in Augusta cleared 10-1¼ in the pole vault to claim 12th place in the Emerging Elite division. Brunswick’s Alex Nichols wound up 13th in the 400 meters after running a 50.60 in his section of the event.

At the NCAA Division III national championships at Naperville, Ill., David Pless of Bates College was a national runner-up.

The senior uncorked a heave of 64 feet, 10¾ inches Friday to claim second place in the weight throw. The winning toss was 67-9½.

Elizabeth Arens of Bates advanced to the finals in the 800 meters in 2:15.07, while teammate James LePage (1:52.71) moved on in the men’s 800, as did Kevin Desmond of the University of Southern Maine (1:53.04).

In the women’s pole vault, Erin Silva of Bowdoin College in Brunswick finished 12th in the pole vault at 11-9¾.

Bowdoin’s Coby Horowitz was the top qualifier in the men’s mile in 4:13.01 and Bates’ Tully Hannan (4:16.58) also advanced.

The Bobcats wound up ninth in the men’s distance medley in 10:08.10, .02 seconds out of a scoring position.

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