Marshall Wins Three Individual Titles, Sets Three Meet Records
PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team captured eight individual titles and one relay to win its fifth consecutive Little East Conference indoor championship with a dominating performance Saturday at the George E. Davis Track on the campus of Plymouth State University.
The Huskies racked up 231 points, just 13 shy of their record 244 set in 2009, to easily outdistance the other seven teams. Host Plymouth State was runner-up with 99 points followed by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with 84 and Eastern Connecticut State University with 74. Southern Maine has won 14 of the last 20 LEC indoor titles.
Senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) continued his dominating season in the sprints winning titles in the 60-meter dash, the 60-meter hurdles and the 200 meters. Marshall equaled his school record and set an LEC and facility record in the dash flashing over the line in 6.91 seconds. He broke the meet record time of 6.95 set last year by Bless Amedoadzi of UMass Boston. He also had an LEC meet and facility record in the 200 with his time of 22.18. Marshall's 200 time broke the long-standing LEC record of 22.19 set by Jason Edwards of Eastern Connecticut in 2000. Marshall posted an LEC meet record in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.34 eclipsing the mark of 8.37 turned in at last year's meet by Moisse Irizaary of UMass Dartmouth.
Senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) won the pole vault with an LEC meet and facility record height of 4.88 meters (16-0). Helderman broke his own records of 4.80 meters set in 2016.
Other individual winners for the Huskies included junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle [Ill.] Township) in the 400 meters (51.34), sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 800 meters (LEC and facility record 1:55.51), sophomore Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) in the 5,000 meters (15:57.31) and sophomore Ben Musese (Lewiston, Maine) in the triple jump (14.04 meters/46-0 ¾).
The Huskies quartet of Harms, junior Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) won the 4 x 400-meter relay (3:30.45). USM also had second-place finishes in the 4 x 200 (1:34.15) and 4 x 800 relays (8:10.54).
The Huskies got off to a quick start as Gebremikael led a 1-2-4 finish in the 5,000 meters. Sophomore Eagan Eldridge (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) took the runner-up spot (16:11.25) and freshman Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) was fourth (16:18.64).
Senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) led a threesome of USM high jumpers to a 2-3-4 finish worth 20 points. Gamage cleared a season-best height (1.93 meters/6-4) to take the runner-up spot. Junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) was third (1.93 meters/6-4) on the tiebreaker, and Pierce was fourth (1.90 meters/6-2 ¾).
Moody contributed individually with runner-up finishes in the long jump (6.59 meters/21-7 ½) and 60-metere dash (7.19), and a third in the 60 hurdles (8.76). Marshall and Moody were joined at the top of the podium in the 60 dash by senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) who was third (7.25). Rogers also took second in the 200 (23.42) and ran the anchor leg for the Huskies' runner-up 4 x 200 relay.
Hoyle paced the Huskies to a 1-3-4 finish in the 800 for a 20-point pickup. Senior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) was third (2:00.44) and sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine) was fourth (2:01.96). Hoyle also posted a second-place finish in the mile (4:23.69).
Led by Helderman, the Huskies dominated the pole vault taking five of the six scoring positions. Freshman Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) was third (4.10 meters/13-5 ¼), followed by sophomore Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) in fourth (3.80m/12-5 ½), freshman Jason Catoggio (Gorham, Maine) in fifth (3.80m/12-5 ½) and junior Connor Goodall (Gorham, Maine) in sixth (3.50m/11-5 ¾).
Musese and Gamage (13.79 meters/45-3) combined for a 1-2 finish in the triple jump to put the exclamation point on the Huskies performance.
Qualified competitors will compete next weekend in the New England Division III Championships being held at M.I.T.