Huskies Travel to Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced its weekly men's track and field honorees on Monday with the University of Southern Maine capturing four the of the five awards.
Freshmen Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) and Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) swept the Track Athlete of the Week and Track Rookie of the Week awards, respectively, and junior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) was selected as the Field Athlete of the Week.
In addition to the three individual awards, the Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay combination of sophomore Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), junior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.), junior Roland Galberth (New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) and Hoyle earned the nod as the Relay of the Week.
Vincent, the LEC Track Rookie of the Week on December 11, won the 3,000 meters with a time of 8 minutes, 57.02 seconds to help USM take the spot in the final team standings. Vincent paced a first and third-place finish by the Huskies in the 3,000 to help them grab an early lead in the meet.
The LEC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career, Gamage won the triple jump with a mark of 13.63 meters (44-8) and cleared 1.83 meters (6-0) in the high jump to finish in a tie for third. His mark in the triple jump moved him into eighth place on the latest New England performance list.
Hoyle won the 800 meters and anchored the Huskies' winning 4 x 400 relay. He posted a winning time of 1:58.40 in the 800 and ran a 51.5 split in the relay. His time in the 800 moved him into 11th position nationally and fourth in New England.
The relay won with its combined time of 3:29.51.
Southern Maine edged host Brandeis for the top spot in the final team standings by a 131-120 final count. Fitchburg State University took third with 73 points, followed by Merrimack College with 67 and Bentley University with 54. The Huskies overtook Brandeis in the team scoring with the win in the relay and by outscoring the hosts 20-8 in the triple jump.
The Huskies are back in action next Saturday traveling to the Bowdoin College Invitational.