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USM Men's Track and Field Begins 2018-19 Indoor Campaign

Left to right, Justin Pierce, Nick Harriman and Ben Carey (file photos by Jason Johns).
Left to right, Justin Pierce, Nick Harriman and Ben Carey (file photos by Jason Johns).

USM Men Open 2018-19 Indoor Season

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team opened its 2018-19 season posting seven first-place finishes at the USM Open I meet Saturday afternoon at the Costello Sports Complex field house.  The meet was a non-team-scoring event.

            On the track, sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) had an impressive win in the mile turning in a time of 4 minutes, 19.67 seconds.  Junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) turned in a winning performance in the 3,000 meters crossing the finish line in 9:16.71.  Freshman Tom Vesosky (Colchester, Vt.) made his collegiate debut a memorable on winning the 200 meters in a time of 23.65.

            The Huskies 4 x 400-meter relay combination of senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat), senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little), sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) won the event with their time of 3:35.52.

            In the field events, Pierce won the high jump by clearing 1.95 meters (6-4 ¾).  Senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) took first in the pole vault with a mark of 4.70 meters (15-5), and junior Benjamin Carey (Middleboro, Mass.) won the shot put with a throw of 12.34 meters (40-6).

            In addition to running a leg for the winning 4 x 400 relay, Rogers had runner-up finishes in the 55-meter dash (6.64) and the 200 meters (23.88).  Senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) also had a pair of runner-up finishes taking second in the triple jump (13.67m/44-10 ¼) and tying  with junior teammate Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) for second in the high jump (1.90m/6-2 ¾).  Bloom earned a second in the 600 (1:27.37), and Moody was runner-up in the 55-meter hurdles (8.45).

            Sophomore Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) had third-place finishes in the mile (4:42.04) and the 3,000 meters (9:21.23).  Freshman Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) turned in an impressive time in his collegiate debut in the 5,000 meters (15:10.71).  Rookie Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) placed third in the pole vault (3.80m/12-5 ½).

            Southern Maine will be off for final exams and the holidays until January 5 when it hosts the USM Open II meet at the Costello Sports Complex.