2017 Little East Conference/Alliance Champions

Hoyle Named LEC Rookie Track Athlete of the Year

Freshman Zach Hoyle (right) and the USM men's coaching staff received LEC postseason honors.
Freshman Zach Hoyle (right) and the USM men's coaching staff received LEC postseason honors.

USM Staff Named Coaching Staff of the Year for 4th Straight Year

            GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced its annual postseason awards for the 2017-18 men's indoor track and field season today following a vote by the conference's coaches, including the selection of University of Southern Maine freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) as the Rookie Track Athlete of the Year.

            In addition to Hoyle's individual honor, the USM men's coaching staff, led by fourth-year head coach Ryan Harkleroad, was named the Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth straight year.  Other members of the Huskies' men's coaching staff are Mike Drummey (pole vault), Charlie Ewers (sprints), and Courtney Kromko (jumps).

            Hoyle is the sixth USM male track athlete to receive Rookie of the Year honors since the LEC awards program began in the 2007-08 season.  He was named the LEC Rookie Track Athlete of the Week twice during the season and won the 800 meters (1:58.66) at the LEC/New England Alliance Championships.  The first-year middle distance runner made an immediate impact on the Huskies' program during the season winning four races ranging from 800 meters to the mile.  He earned All-Little East honors in the 800 and the 4 x 800-meter relay at the annual championships.  Last weekend, Hoyle ran one of the fastest 800 times in school history (1:53.47) at the Maine State Open to move up to fifth on the latest NCAA Division III performance list.

            During the 2017-18 indoor season, the coaching staff guided six individual athletes to weekly LEC honors.  In addition to Hoyle, freshman jumper Kyle Farrar (Rumford, Maine), junior jumper Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill), senior pole vaulter Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine), junior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) and freshman Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) collected weekly citations, and four relay combinations were selected as the Relay of the Week.

            Under Harkleroad's direction, the Huskies won their fourth straight Little East Conference Championship earlier this month.  The Huskies scored 172 points to take the title, their eighth in the last 10 years.  Since the LEC championship began in the 1998-99 season, the Huskies have won the team title 13 times.