The men’s track and field team finished second out of five teams at the Maine State Championship this weekend at Bates. The tournament hosts finished first with 263 points, followed by Bowdoin with 177, the University of Southern Maine with 96, Colby with 69 and St. Joseph’s with five. One particularly impressive performance came from Chris Genco ’15, who won both the long and high jump. 

“Chris had a terrific day,” said Head Coach Peter Slovenski. “He’s got a lot of poise in competition and put together some impressive jumps.”

One other winner was Sam Seekins ’14, who ran the fastest 5K of the field by outpacing 15 other runners from the four other Maine schools that competed. 

As a team, the throwers particularly impressed at the state championships, greatly outplacing their projected seeds.

“Our throwers improved on their seeded positions by 10 points,” Slovenski said. “They’ve been working hard, and making a lot of progress on their technique.”

The highest scoring event for the men’s team was the triple jump, where Bowdoin earned 18 of its 177 points for the day. 

Slovenski said he hopes that this recent run of good form can translate into a top-four NESCAC finish. 

“Bowdoin is one of the five NESCAC teams with good balance,” Slovenski said, “and front-runners in the throwing, jumping and running events.”

Coming off a third-place finish at the University of New Hampshire invitational last weekend, the team’s performance this weekend could not have come at a better time, with the NESCAC Championship being hosted at Tufts tomorrow.