USM Distance Medley Relay Sets School Record, Edges Into Top 15 Nationally
NEW YORK CITY -- The University of Southern Maine men's distance medley relay set a school record Friday during the first day of competition at the 2012 ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships being hosted by New York University at The Armory Track and Field Center.
The combination of seniors Tim Even (Stoneham, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) and Jake Moore (Bridgton, Maine/Lake Region), junior Ben Manning (Jericho, Vt./Mt. Mansfield Union) and sophomore Julian Gazzelloni (Windham, Maine) covered the 4,000-meter distance in a time of 10 minutes, 1.41 seconds to place seventh. Their time broke the previous record of 10:01.93 set two years ago by Justin Richardson, Corey Gobbi, Jimmy Sawyer and Even. Pending other weekend results, the quartet could qualify for a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships next weekend.
Senior Matt Harmon (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and sophomore John White (Westbrook, Maine/Cheverus) competed in the shot put. Harmon had a career-best mark of 14.78 meters (48-6) to finish 10th while White had a mark of 13.41 meters (44-0).
After five events, USM is tied for 21st place with Amherst College, Utica College and Union College among the 26 scoring teams with two points. Bates College leads the meet with 28 points, followed by The College of New Jersey with 21 and Tufts University with 17.
Competition continues Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.