GREENSBORO, N.C. — Corey Conner of the University of Maine earned a spot in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship by virtue of her performance in the 10,000 meters.
Conner, a fifth-year competitor from Townsend, Mass., finished fifth in the 10K during the NCAA East Preliminary meet held Thursday at North Carolina A&T. Her time of 33:28.87 seconds established a school record.
The top 12 qualifiers from the East and West prelims advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Corinth man is national champion
Maine can lay claim to having a national champion runner in its ranks.
Corinth resident Gabe Proctor, who competes at Western State Colorado University, won the 10,000 meters Thursday night at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Pueblo, Colo.
Proctor covered the distance in 30:03.07 to garner the title, beating runner-up finisher Glarius Rop of American International College by more than eight seconds.
Proctor, who moved to Maine from Vermont with his family in 2010, finished third at the nationals a year ago. He is now slated to compete in the 5,000 meters on Saturady night.
Masters advances to finals
Riley Masters of Oaklahoma University has advanced to the finals in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary meet being held at Austin, Texas.
The fifth-year senior from Bangor finished first in his heat Thursday with a time of 3:44.45 but will be seeded second in Saturday’s finals behind teammate Patrick Casey, who claimed his heat in 3:43.84.
A year ago, Masters fell during his race and did not advance to the NCAAs. This time around, he is expected to advance — provided he can remain upright.
McFetters seeks nationals bid
UMaine’s Robyn McFetters also was competing Friday in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Prelim in North Carolina.
She ranked 11th after the morning prelims, advancing to the finals with a throw of 180 feet, 5 inches. McFetters needs a top-12 performance to advance.