2018, 2017 Little East Conference/Alliance Champions

Southern Maine Men Win Reggie Poyau Invitational

Senior Drew Gamage won the triple jump and tied for second in the high jump at the Poyau Invitational (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Drew Gamage won the triple jump and tied for second in the high jump at the Poyau Invitational (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Wins Poyau Invitational

            WALTHAM, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team won eight individual events and one relay to top a field of nine teams Saturday at the annual Reggie Poyau Invitational host by Brandeis University.

            Senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) was a double winner for the Huskies taking the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.29 seconds and the 200 meters after crossing the finish line in 22.66 seconds.

            Other individual winners for USM were junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle [Ill.) Township) in the 400 meters (52.37), sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 600 (1:21.98), sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI) in the 800 (2:02.31), senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) in the pole vault (4.75 meters/15-7), junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) in the long jump (6.29 meters/20-7 ¾) and senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) in the triple jump (13.34 meters/43-9 ¼).

            The Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay combination of Harms, junior Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), Moody and Hoyle won that event with a time of 3:30.03.

            In addition to his win in the triple jump, Gamage tied for second with teammate Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) ) in the high jump (1.90 meters/6-2 ¾).  Sophomore Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston), in his first competition of the indoor season, combined with Gamage to give USM a 1-2 result in the triple jump (13.19 meters/43-3 ¼).  On the track, senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) was runner-up in the 60-meter dash (7.20) as was junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) in the 3,000 meters (9:03.84).  Rogers also had a third in the 200 meters (23.53).

            Others scoring third-place finishes were Labrie in the 600 (1:27.87) and sophomore Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) in the pole vault (3.95 meters/12-11 ½).  Rookie Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) tied for fourth in the pole vault (3.80 meters/12-5 ½) and Musese was fourth in the long jump (5.93 meters (19-5 ½).

            Southern Maine racked up 158 points to outdistance host Brandeis by 51 points.  Merrimack was third with 68 points and Bentley was fourth with 61.

            The Huskies travel to Brunswick, Maine, next Saturday to compete in the Bowdoin College Invitational. 

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