ORONO – It will be time for Maine track & field to take a shot at beating New Hampshire this weekend, when the Black Bears play host to UNH and Husson. Playing host is not something this team is all that familiar with though.
The meet is Maine’s first home meet of the season, and it will be its lone one before the season begins to wrap up. This in particular has been a tough pill to swallow for some of the upperclassmen, especially the ones who will compete for the last time in field house they’ve become so familiar with.
“It’s actually starting to really hit me this weekend, having to be our last home meet and all,” senior Garrett Johnson said. “That I’ll never run a competition on this track again is bittersweet.”
But with UNH coming to town, it ups the atmosphere for a meet the Black Bears have had their eyes on for some time. Hermon’s Kaitlin Saulter grew up in Hermon and has been familiar with the longstanding rivalry virtually her entire life, meaning her last meet at home will see the stakes raised even higher.
“It puts another incentive to run my best and make sure I finish well,” she said. “I’m also kind of just running for myself.”