Marshall Set Two School Records at Bowdoin Invitational
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) set two school records Saturday to highlight the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team's performance at the Bowdoin Invitational II held at Farley Field House.
Led by Marshall, the Huskies finished third among the six teams competing. M.I.T. won the event scoring 206 points. Tufts University took the runner-up spot with 101 points followed by USM with 81.
Marshall posted the quickest times in the trials for the 60-meter dash (6.96) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.26) to be the favorite going into the finals. Marshall set the school and facility record in the hurdles final with his time of 8.11 seconds, eclipsing the previous school record of 8.20 seconds set by Sheldon Allen on March 1, 2013. In the dash final, Marshall broke his own record set in the trials with his winning time of 6.91 seconds. The prior record had been 6.97 seconds set by Zach Miller on February 26, 2016.
In the latest national rankings, Marshall is third among NCAA Division III competitors in the hurdles, and fourth in the dash.
Other event winners for USM were sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) in the mile with his time of 4:15.57, ands senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) in the pole vault after clearing 4.72 meters (15-5 ¾). Hoyle's converted time in the mile (4:12.35) ranks fifth nationally.
The Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay foursome of junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township), Marshall, junior Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett) and Hoyle combined for a runner-up finish with a combined time of 3:24.42. That time ranks seventh nationally. Senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) earned a second-place finish in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 13.77 meters (45-2 ¼). Gamage moved up to 23rd in the national rankings.
Harms had a third-place finish in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 51.77 seconds, and sophomore Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) was third in the triple jump with a leap of 13.66 meters (44-9 ¾).
Senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) had two scoring performances taking fourth in the 200 meters (23.51) and fifth in the 60 dash (7.19). Rookie Tom Vesosky (Colchester, Vt.) had a fifth in the 200 meters (23.58) and classmate Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) was fifth in the 5,000 meters (16:04.15).
In addition to Huskies' performance at the Bowdoin Invitational, junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) took the top spot in the two-day heptathlon at the Bates Invitational and Multi-Events meet. Moody, the leader after the first day on Friday, had a strong second-day performance to finish with 4,668 points. The junior posted a time of 8.87 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles (775 points), cleared 3.70 meters (12-1 ½) in the pole vault (535 points) and had the fastest time of 2:54.64 among the seven competitors in the 1,000 meters (718 points). Moody's score ranks him fifth nationally, and is just 60 points shy of the school record.
Southern Maine will split the squad next weekend with selected competitors headed to Boston for the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University, and the remainder hosting the USM Open III meet.