2018, 2017 Little East Conference/Alliance Champions

Southern Maine Men Finish Fourth at N.E. Division III Championships

Record setters (L to R) C.J. Moody, Zach Hoyle and Jared Marshall (file photos by Jason Johns).
Record setters (L to R) C.J. Moody, Zach Hoyle and Jared Marshall (file photos by Jason Johns).
Hoyle, Moody and Marshall Set Three School Records

            CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team set three school records to highlight its performance on the final day of the 2019 New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships held at M.I.T.

            The Huskies amassed 65.5 points during the two-day meet to place fourth among the 23 teams that scored points.  Host M.I.T. took the team title with 164 points.  Tufts University was runner-up with 78 points, followed by W.P.I. with 67, USM and Middlebury College with 64.

            Sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) won the 800 meters with his school record time of 1 minute, 51.64 seconds, eclipsing the previous record time of 1:51.70 set by Kevin Desmond on February 14, 2013.

            Junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) finished off a record-setting performance in the two-day, seven-event heptathlon with his fourth personal best to rack up 4,963 points.  Moody, the leader after day one, opened the Saturday competition running an 8.93 in 60-meter hurdles to pick up 761 points.  He followed with a personal best in the pole vault clearing 4.10 meters (13-5 ¼) to earn 645 points.  Moody closed the competition running the 1,000 meters in 2:52.56 for 739 points.  Moody broke the school record of 4,726 points set by Jamie Ruginski on February 17-18, 2014.

            Senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) broke the third school record with his runner-up time of 8.10 seconds in finals of the 60-meter hurdles.  Marshall shaved 0.01 seconds off his previous mark set five weeks ago.

            The Huskies 4 x 400-meter relay quartet of junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle [Ill.] Township), senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat), freshman Stephen Duckett (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and Hoyle combined for a runner-up finish with their time of 3:24.93.  Harms also tied for seventh in the 400 meters (51.37) and Pierce tied for seventh in the high jump (1.90 meters/6-2 ¾).

            In the triple jump, sophomore Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) took second place with a mark of 13.97 meters (45-10), and senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) jumped 13.66 meters (44-9 ¾) to take fifth.  Junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) tied for fifth place in the high jump with a mark of 1.90 meters (6-2 ¾).

            In competition on Friday, senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) won the pole vault with a height of 4.92 meters (16-1 ¾).  Moody posted personal bests in the 60-meter dash (7.12), long jump (6.85 meters/22-5 ¾) and high jump (1.86 meters/6-1 ¼) on the first day to build an 88-point lead after four events.

            Selected USM competitors will compete next Saturday at the Tufts Last Chance Meet in a final bid to qualify for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships.