Marshall and Helderman Named Top LEC Men's Track & Field Athletes
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference (LEC) announced today that the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team received three major awards when the conference released its annual end-of-the-season awards for the 2018-19 indoor season following a vote by the conference's head coaches.
Senior Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) was unanimously selected by the coaches the Track Athlete of the Year, and senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) is this year's recipient of the Field Athlete of the Year award.
In addition to the individual honors for Marshall and Helderman, the USM men's coaching staff, led by fifth-year head coach Ryan Harkleroad, was named the Coaching Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. Other members of the men's coaching staff are Mike Drummey (pole vault), Courtney Kromko (jumps) and Mike Roscoe (sprints/hurdles).
Marshall had a dominant indoor season sweeping the LEC and New England Alliance titles in the 60-meter dash (6.91), 60-meter hurdles (8.14) and the 200 meters (22.18), and setting LEC meet records in all three events. The 200-meter LEC title was the third straight for Marshall, and his hurdles crown was the second of his career.
Two weeks prior to the LEC/Alliance meet, Marshall duplicated the feat sweeping the dash, hurdles and 200 at the Maine Quad meet, setting two meet records and tying the third, and was named the meet's outstanding track performer. During the season, Marshall has set five school records. He has been recognized as the LEC Track Athlete of the Week on four occasions this winter.
The 2016-17 LEC Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, Marshall is the fifth USM male to be voted the indoor Track Athlete of the Year. He joins former standouts Justin Richardson (2009-10), George Foster (2010-11), Ben Manning (2011-12) and Dan Webb (2015-16) as recipients of the award.
Heading into the final week of the indoor regular season, Marshall is nationally ranked in the dash (17th), hurdles (5th) and 200 (17th).
The five-time recipient of LEC Field Athlete of the Week honor this season, Helderman has been a model of consistency in the pole vault. He has surpassed the 16-foot mark (4.88 meters) in his last four meets and won titles at the Maine Quad meet (16-0 ½), the LEC/Alliance Championships (16-0) and the New England Division III Championships (16-1 ¾). At the David Hemery Valentine Classic held at Boston University, Helderman was one of three vaulters to clear 16-2 ¾ (4.95 meters) finishing third on the tiebreaker. He set meet records at the Maine Quad and the LEC/Alliance Championships.
The 2014-15 LEC Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, Helderman is the third USM male to be named Field Athlete of the Year joining Adam Haggerty (2007-08) and Jamie Ruginski (2013-14) on the list of honorees. He is presently ranked sixth in the nation among NCAA Division III competitors.