Southern Maine Men Third at USM Open III Meet
Marshall Sets School Record in 200 at Terrier Classic
GORHAM, Maine -- Paced by four individual first-place finishes and two winning relays, the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team posted a third-place finish among the ten teams that scored Saturday at the USM Open III meet held at the Costello Sports Complex field house.
The Huskies compiled 122 points to finish third behind Bates College and Assumption College. Bates won the meet scoring 174 points while Assumption took the runner-up spot with 155 points.
In addition, senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) broke his own school record in the 200 meters and sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) ran the third fastest 800 meters and eighth fastest mile in school history at the John Thomas Terrier Classic held at Boston University.
At the USM Open III, sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI) won the 600 meters with his time of 1:26.33, and classmate Eagan Eldridge (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) took the top spot in the 1,000 meters crossing the finish line in 2:44.34.
In the field events, senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) won the pole vault with a season best height of 4.81 meters (25-9 ¼), and sophomore Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) was first in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 13.78 meters (45-2 ½).
The Huskies 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays won their respective events with times of 1:34.39 and 3:35.06 respectively.
Senior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) brought home a runner-up finish in the 800 meters with his time of 2:01.27. Junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) placed third in the high jump clearing 1.90 meters (6-2 ¾) and fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.94.
Senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) contributed a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 400 meters (53.59) and the high jump (1.90 meters/6-2 ¾). Freshman Ethan Ray (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) was fourth in the 1,000 (2:52.93) ,and sophomore Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) was fourth in the 5,000 (15:59.81).
In Boston, Marshall broke his own school record in the 200 with his time of 21.87 seconds. He eclipsed his previous mark of 21.94 set last season at the same event. Hoyle turned in a time of 1:51.81 in the 800 and 4:16.09 in the mile. Only school record holder Kevin Desmond (1:51.70) and Dan Webb (1:51.79) have run faster times in the 800.
Junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle [Ill.] Township) posted a season-best time of 50.57 in the 400 meters. Harms' time met the qualifying time for the New England Division III Championships next month.
Southern Maine will host a quad meet for its final home event of the indoor season next Saturday night (6 p.m.).