Duo Combine for Four Meet Records at LEC Championships
GORHAM, Maine -- Following record-setting performances in four events, the Little East Conference has selected University of Southern Maine seniors Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) and Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) for weekly honors. Marshall was picked as the Track Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this winter while Helderman was selected as the Field Athlete of the Week for the third straight week, and fifth time this season.
Competing at the Little East Conference Championships held at Plymouth State University, Marshall swept the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and the 200 meters with three record-setting efforts. He won the dash, equaling his school-record time and, breaking the meet record with his time of 6.91 seconds. Marshall took the hurdles with a time of 8.14 seconds in the finals. He finished off his day by breaking the longest-standing meet record in the 200 crossing the finish line in 22.18 seconds to take the title for the third straight year.
Marshall eclipsed the dash record of 6.95 set at last year's meet by Bless Amedoadzi of the University of Massachusetts Boston. He shattered the previous hurdles mark of 8.37 posted last year by Moise Irizarry of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The previous 200 record of 22.19 set by Eastern Connecticut State University's Jason Edwards had stood since 2000, the second year of the championships.
Not to be outdone, Helderman won his third LEC pole vault title by clearing 4.88 meters (16-0), breaking his own meet mark of 4.80 meters (15-9) set at the 2016 meet. Helderman, who missed last year's meet with an injury, won the pole vault in 2016 and 2017.
The Huskies captured eight individual titles and one relay to win its fifth consecutive Little East Conference indoor championship with a dominating performance. The Huskies racked up 231 points, just 13 shy of their meet 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.
Since the LEC meet began in 1999, Southern Maine has won 14 indoor titles.