This weekend the Binghamton University men’s and women’s track and field teams are slated to travel to the University of Maine to participate in the America East Outdoor Championships.

Entering the meet, head coach Mike Thompson said both teams are formidable on paper. The men’s team has suffered a few injuries, but has overcome those obstacles, according to Thompson.

“The men have handled the adversity well,” he said.

Thompson, whose men’s team has finished in second the past two years, hopes this year’s squad will walk away with a top-three finish. In order to make that a reality, the Bearcats will need to excel in their strongest events: distance running and pole-vault.

The women’s team will look to keep its successful regular season going this weekend.

“The women’s team has had an exceptional year,” Thompson said. “Possibly the best year from a total team perspective since I have been at Binghamton.”

The women have struggled in years past, placing sixth last year at the American East Outdoor Championship. This year, Thompson said that he hopes they will place in the top four.

The women’s team has been strong in jumping events as well as sprinting, and has done well across the board this season.

The two-day meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.