Huskies Give Strong Performances at Valentine Classic
BOSTON -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team, led by senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) and the 4 x 400-meter relay, turned in some outstanding performances Saturday at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational held at Boston University. The event is a non-team-scoring meet.
Helderman finished third in the pole vault after tiebreakers were applied. He was one of four vaulters to clear 4.95 meters (16-2 ¾). The height was a season best for Helderman, and marked the second straight weekend he has cleared 16 feet.
The 4 x 400-meter relay quartet of junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle [Ill.] Township), sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee), and seniors Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) combined for a season-best time of 3 minutes, 19.30 seconds. Their time moved them into second place in the latest New England Division III rankings.
Hoyle posted his second fastest time of the season in the 800 meters crossing the finish line in 1:52.74. Senior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/ MDI) posted season-best times in the event of 1:57.74 and 1:58.88 and meet the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships later this month.
Freshman Tom Vesosky (Colchester, Vt.) had a season-best time of 22.97 seconds in the 200. Junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) posted one of his best times in the mile crossing the finish line in 4:25.59.
Junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) was third in the 60-meter hurdles with his time of 8.90 seconds. Moody was also 14th in the long jump with a season-best jump of 6.53 meters (21-5 ¼). Both marks met the qualifying standard for the N.E. Division III meet.
In the field events, sophomore Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) moved up to third in the latest New England Division III rankings in the triple jump cracking 14 meters for the first time with his with a season-best mark of 14.02 meters (46-0). Senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) posted a mark of 13.74 meters (45-1).
Junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) equaled his season-best height in the high jump clearing 1.90 meters (6-2 ¾). Pierce cleared 1.85 meters (6-0 ¾) in the event.
Selected members who did not compete in Boston on Saturday will travel to the University of Maine on Sunday to compete in the Sunday Invitational.