2018, 2017 Little East Conference/Alliance Champions

Marshall, Helderman Set Meet Records at Maine Quad Meet

Ron Helderman (left) and Jared Marshall.
Ron Helderman (left) and Jared Marshall.

Marshall, Helderman Set Meet Records at Maine Quad

            GORHAM Maine -- Senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) set two meet records and tied a third in the running events and senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) established a meet record in the pole vault to lead the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team to a third-place finish at the Maine Quad Meet held Saturday night at the Costello Sports Complex field house.

            Marshall set school and meet records in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.57 seconds and the 200 meters with a time of 22.22 seconds.  He equaled the 55-meter dash record with his winning time of 6.47 seconds.  He broke the 55-meter hurdles school record of 7.71 set on February 21, 2004, by Trey Gadbois.

            Marshall smashed the 55 hurdles record of 7.74 seconds set by Douglas Reed of the University of Maine in 1980.  Marshall shaved 0.14 seconds off the previous 200 mark of 22.36 set in 2000 by Scott Schilling of Bowdoin College on the same track.  He equaled the dash mark established by Luwann Curry of Colby College in 1994.

            For his record-setting night, Marshall became the fourth USM runner to receive the Jim Wescott Most Valuable Track Athlete Award as the outstanding track performer in the meet.

            Helderman eclipsed the previous meet record in the pole vault of 4.79 meters (15-8 ¾) set in 2004 by Wil Snyder of USM with his winning height of 4.89 meters (16-0 ½).  Helderman is this year's recipient of the Peter Goodrich Most Valuable Field Athlete award.

            Sophomore Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) was the only other winner for the Huskies establishing a career best to win the triple jump with a mark of 13.98 meters (45-10 ½).  Musese and senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) combined to give USM a 1-2 finish in the triple jump.  Gamage was just one centimeter behind Musese with his best jump of 13.97 meters (45-10).

            Others posting runner-up finishes for the Huskies were sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI) in 800 meters with his time of 1:59.53, and senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) who placed second in the high jump after a jump-off with Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene of Bates College.  Both cleared 1.90 meters (6-2 ¾) before the jump-off.

            Paced by Helderman's record-setting performance in the pole vault, the Huskies received career best efforts from sophomore Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester), rookie Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine).  Dexter and Peterson tied for third place with a height of 4.10 meters (13-5 ¼), and Moody was sixth at 3.95 meters (12-11 ½).  Peterson and Dexter met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships later this month.

            Junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) finished third in the high jump at 1.90 meters (6-2 ¾), and senior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) was third in the 600 meters with a time of 1:26.18.

            Southern Maine finished third among the four teams scoring 127 points.  Bates College recaptured the team title with 211 points.  Bowdoin College, the defending champion, was runner-up with 170 points.

            The Huskies will have selected competitors travel to Boston next Saturday (February 9) to compete at the David Hemery Valentine Classic held at Boston University.