The women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams travelled the scenic drive eastward on Highway 196 on Saturday to compete in Brunswick, Maine at Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears were hosting several teams from around Maine and the greater New England area, as the indoor track and field season is getting into full swing.
The women’s team had a solid day of competition, finishing with 88 points, good enough for a third place showing out of nine teams. Only Tufts and University of Southern Maine tallied better team totals then the Bobcats, coming in first and second with 137 and 115 points respectively. Senior captain Elena Jay set a personal record of 5:10.41 in the mile, finishing first in the field. Jay’s leadership as a captain has been invaluable for the team so far this year.
“Being a captain for the team this year has been really fun and rewarding. We have a fairly young team, which is exciting because every meet we have more and more athletes coming into their own and having breakout performances” said Jay. “We are excited to move into the next two weekends of qualifying meets, and then the championship season to follow.”
The men’s team hauled in a fourth place finish with 97 points. Only Tufts, University of Southern Maine, and Bowdoin totaled better scores in Brunswick.
“There are definitely some mixed feelings with that fourth place finish. Our main goal for this meet was not necessarily to win, but to get better seed times for upcoming races like the State meet, and we definitely had some individuals who stepped up to this challenge” said Patrick Griffin ’17. Griffin set a personal record in the 600-meter race, finishing in second place with a time of 1:21.9.
John Stansel ’15, who had a stellar showing during the cross-country season this past fall when he qualified for Nationals, has continued his dominance during the indoor season. Stansel won the 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:37.23.
Stansel commented on the transition from cross-country to indoor track: “For the distance minded folks on our teams, it’s just a natural extension of our training, just a change in venue. The training is similar, but with focus on intensity and speed since many of the races are shorter.”
Both teams will be competing together next Saturday at the University of Southern Maine Invitational, and relish the chance to improve.
“All of our training is geared to produce the best performances toward the end of each team member’s season, and with all the talent and motivation already present, we can only go up from here,” Jay remarked.
“The team is excited about the chance to fight for another Maine State title. A lot of development took place at Bowdoin; however, we have a ton of work to do to achieve our goals. It should be an interesting rest of the season,” said Stansel.