2017 Little East Conference/Alliance Champions

USM Men's Track Earns Six Wins at Maine State Open

Freshman Zach Hoyle posted a career best time of 1:53.47 in the 800 meters at the Maine State Open (file photo by Jason Johns).
Freshman Zach Hoyle posted a career best time of 1:53.47 in the 800 meters at the Maine State Open (file photo by Jason Johns).

USM Earns Six Wins at Maine Open

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team picked up 12 top three results, including six first-place finishes, at the Maine State Open held this weekend at the Costello Sports Complex field house.  The two-day meet was a non-team-scoring event.

            The highlight of meet for the Huskies was turned in by freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) who was runner-up in the 800 meters with a career-best time of 1 minute, 53.47 seconds.  With conversion for track size (1:51.87), Hoyle's time vaulted him to fourth in the nation among Division III competitors this winter.  The top 15 in the final rankings will qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championships next month in Birmingham, Alabama.

            Among the winners for USM were junior Drew Gamage (Sabbatus, Maine/Oak Hill) in the triple jump (14.26m/46-9 ½), senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the 55-meter dash (6.63), sophomore Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) in the mile (4:26.74), junior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) in the 400 meters (50.78), and sophomore Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township) in the 200 meters (23.34).

            The Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay combination of Rogers, sophomore Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and Marshall took the top spot with their time of 3:27.62.

            In addition to their work in the relay, Pierce and Harms tied for second in the high jump (1.88m/6-2).  Labrie took a third in the 400 (52.00) and Pierce was third in the 200 (24.08).  Also earning a third-place finish was sophomore Connor Goodall (Gorham, Maine) in the pole vault (3.67m/12-0 ½).

            USM will send selected competitors to the Tufts Last Chance meet next Saturday.  The final performance lists for the indoor season will be released on Sunday for the NCAA championships meet.

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