GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team achieved a first Monday when the Little East Conference announced that the Huskies had swept all five weekly awards for the week of December 4-10.
Junior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) was named the Track Athlete of the Week, and senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) was the pick as Field Athlete of the Week. First-year athletes Kyle Farrar (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) and Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) were picked as the Field Rookie of the Week and Track Rookie of the Week, respectively.
In addition to the four individual honors, the foursome of junior Roland Galberth (New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross), rookie Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI), sophomore Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett) and freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) combined to be named the Relay of the Week.
Marshall, the LEC Rookie Track Athlete of the Year last season, was a double winner at the season-opening USM Open I meet taking the 55-meter dash (6.62) and the 200 meters (22.90). Marshall's times met the New England Division III Championships qualifying standards in both events.
Helderman, the 2014-15 LEC Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, earned the second Field Athlete of the Week award in his career. He won the pole vault at the USM Open I meet by clearing 4.90 meters (16-0 ¾). Helderman's mark easily surpassed the New England Division III Championships qualifying standard. He ranks first in the region and nationally.
Making his collegiate debut in the horizontal jumps, Farrar was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump (third, 6.34 meters/20-9 ¾) and the triple jump (second, 13.15 meters/43-1 ¾). Farrar's triple jump mark met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships in February.
Vincent, coming off an impressive cross country season, was a double winner taking the 5,000 meters (15:28.88) by more than 24 seconds and the 3,000 meters (9:09.44). Vincent's time in the 5,000 met the New England Division III Championships qualifying standard.
The relay combination won the 4 x 400-meter race with a time of 3 minutes, 31.87 seconds.
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.