BRUNSWICK – Jared Turcotte, the Lewiston multi-sport star who this week committed to playing football at the University of Maine, “felt stiff” before his 55-meter dash at the KVAC Indoor Track Championships at Bowdoin College on Friday night.

“Everything was tight, tight,” Turcotte said. “I stretched it out, jogged for about 20 minutes and did some block starts, and it seemed to be OK.”

Turcotte didn’t appear to be himself, though, and dropped a spot from his seed time. He also walked back to Lewiston’s area with a slight limp in his left leg.

Thirty minutes later, Turcotte again made his way through the infield toward Lewiston’s staging area.

This time, he had only one leg to work with.

Turcotte, who was scheduled to run and jump in four events, had a hard pack around his right ankle, and managed to hop on one leg for 50 feet before reaching some spare mats.

“I was on my first jump (in the long jump),” Turcotte said. “My ankle just folded. I don’t know what happened.”

Turcotte then learned that Bob Wilder, Maine’s offensive coordinator had resigned his position to take the head coaching position at Old Dominion University.

Turcotte was in shock.

“Are you serious?” he asked. “I didn’t even know.”

Turcotte started typing into his phone, rattling off a text message to Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove.

“I don’t know if it’s going to affect the system too much,” Turcotte said. “And it’s not like I’d been up there to prove myself to him, and now I have to prove myself to someone else. It’s still a clean slate, but I’d met him on my recruiting trip. He’s a nice guy.”

Turcotte had not heard anything back from Cosgrove.


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