2017 Little East Conference/Alliance Champions

Southern Maine Tops Field at Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational

Freshman Zach Hoyle won the 800 meters at the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational (file photo by Jason Johns).
Freshman Zach Hoyle won the 800 meters at the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational (file photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Post 17 Top Four Finishes

            WALTHAM, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team won five events en route to finishing first among the eight teams competing Saturday afternoon at the annual Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational held at Brandeis University.

            The Huskies edged host Brandeis for the top spot 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.

            Winning individual events for the Huskies were junior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) in the 55-meter dash (6.59 seconds), rookie Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 800 meters (1:58.40), freshman Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) in the 3,000 meters (8:57.02) and junior Drew Gamage (Sabbatus, Maine/Oak Hill) in the triple jump (13.63 meters/44-8 ¾).  Gamage also tied for third in the high jump (1.83 meters/6-0).

            The Huskies foursome of sophomore Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), Marshall, junior Roland Galberth (New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) and Hoyle won the 4 x 400-meter relay (3:29.51).

            Senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) scored in two events taking second in the 200 meters (23.41) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (6.68).  Rookie Cam Meier (Bowdoinham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) was runner-up in the 800 meters (2:01.79), and classmate Kyle Farrar (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) was second in the long jump (6.30 meters/20-8) and third in the triple jump (12.62 meters/41-5).

            Junior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) took third in the 200 (23.57), and sophomore Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.)) was third in the 400 (52.17).  Junior Michael Aboud (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) combined with Vincent to give USM a first and third finish in the 3,000 (9:13.76).

            Contributing fourth-place finishes were senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in the 400 (53.03) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) in the 55-meter hurdles (8.44) and the long jump (6.25 meters/20-6 ¼).

            Southern Maine took the top spot in the final team standings overtaking Brandeis 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.