Meade breaks 37-year-old UMaine triple jump recordFormer Medomak Valley High School athletic standout excels for Black Bears
Waterville — Four years ago, then Medomak Valley High School senior Nate Meade won the state Class B championship in the triple jump.
Four years later Meade, now a senior at the University of Maine in Orono, again is making headlines for his exceptional jumping ability.
Meade broke UMaine's indoor triple jump record Jan. 18 during a meet at Colby College with a jump of 49 feet and 2 inches. Meade's jump broke a 37-year-old record, previously held by Dan Cochrane, who jumped 48-11 in 1976.
“For four years Nate has accomplished quite a bit up at Orono and his work has gone largely unnoticed by most, including his own university,” said Jacob Newcomb, a Panther track coach. “We here at Medomak [Valley] are very proud of his accomplishments."
In his senior year at Medomak Valley in 2010, Meade attempted a triple jump for the first time late in the season prior to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships.
Meade went on to win the KVAC title with a jump of 40-11 and later won the state Class B title in the same event with a jump of 42-7.
Meade is an electrical engineering technology major at UMaine.