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.