GORHAM, Maine -- Led by double winners Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) and Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport), the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team opened its 2017-18 season in fine form Saturday afternoon at the USM Open I meet held at the Costello Sports Complex. The meet was a non team-scoring event.
The Huskies posted 10 first-place finishes and 23 top-three results during the meet. Eight performances met the qualifying standards for the New England Division III Championships in February.
Marshall took the top spot in the 55-meter dash (6.62) and the 200 meters (22.90), and Vincent won the 3,000 meters (9:09.44) and the 5,000 meters (15:28.88) to lead the Huskies on the track.
Others winning races on the track included sophomore Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle [Ill.] Township) in the 600 meters (1:25.08), sophomore Tristan Butterfield in the 800 (1:59.50) and rookie Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) in the mile (4:28.68). The Huskies also won the 4 x 400-meter relay.
In the field events, junior Drew Gamage (Sabbatus, Maine/Oak Hill) took the top spot in the high jump (1.90m/6-2 ¾), and senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) won the pole vault (4.90m/16-1). Helderman's bid to set a new field house record took an ironic twist when it appeared he had cleared the bar at 5.00 meters (16-5) on his second attempt. Helderman brushed the bar on the attempt with the it bouncing and coming to rest atop the two standards and not back on the pegs, thus negating the attempt.
Gamage led a 1-2-3 finish by the Huskies in the high jump as senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) was runner-up (1.85m/6-0 ¾) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) was third (1.80m/5-10 ¾). Rookie Kyle Farrar (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) was the top collegian in the triple jump taking second (13.15m/43-1 ¾), and in the long jump placing third (6.34m/20-9 ¾). Farrar also posted a fourth-place result in the 200 meters (23.89)
On the track, Hoyle led USM to a 1-2-3 finish in the mile as junior Michael Aboud (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) was second (4:29.66) and sophomore Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) finished third (4:35.23). Harriman also came across the line in third in the 3,000 (9:27.43) with Aboud right behind him in fourth (9:35.15).
Earning runner-up finishes on the track were sophomore Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett) in the 400 (52.49) and rookie Cam Meier (Bowdoinham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in the 5,000 (15:52.90). Picking up third-place finishes were junior Roland Galberth (New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) in the 400 (53.48), junior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) in the 600 (1:27.20) and junior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 200 (23.76). Warren also picked up a fourth in the 55 dash (6.86).
The Huskies are off for semester exams and the holidays, and return to competition on January 6 when they host the USM Open II meet.