NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships
Hoyle and Moody Earn All-America Honors
BOSTON -- University of Southern Maine junior C.J. Moody and sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) earned All-America honors Saturday in the final day of competition at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
Moody broke his own school record in the heptathlon set two weeks ago at the New England Division III Championships with his two-day total of 5,004 points. Moody's record-breaking performance landed him in fifth place among the 20 competitors.
Heading into Saturday's final three events in third place overall, Moody posted a time of 8.80 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to pick up 791 points. He followed by soaring over 4.05 meters (13-3 ½) in the pole vault to score 631 points. In the final event, the 1,000 meters, Moody established a new personal best with a time of 2 minutes, 46.52 to add 802 points on to his score and reach the 5,000-point plateau for the first time.
In the first four events contested on Friday, Moody, making his first trip to the NCAA championships, scored 2,780 points. He opened the day running a time of 7.16 seconds in the 60-meter dash to earn 826 points. He posted a personal best in the long jump with a leap of 6.87 meters (22-6 ½) on his second of three attempts to score 783 points. In the shot put, Moody had best throw of 10.53 meters (34-6 ¾) for 518 points. He finished the day clearing 1.83 meters (6-0) in the high jump to add 653 points to his total.
Just over a half hour later after Moody finished the heptathlon, Hoyle, making his second straight appearance in the NCAA indoor championships, ran near the head of the pack throughout the 800-meter final, crossing the finish line with a school-record time of 1:51.17 to finish in third place. Hoyle carved 0.47 seconds off his previous school record time set at the N.E. Division III meet. Hoyle has now run three of the five fastest 800-meter times in school history. The top three finishers in the event all eclipsed the meet record time.
Hoyle qualified for Saturday's 800 final by winning his preliminary round race on Friday with a time of 1:53.15.
Hoyle and Moody accounted for the Huskies 10 points in the meet that put USM in a tie for 19th place among the 67 teams that scored. Their All-America performances mark the first time in the history of the USM men's track and field program that two athletes have earned individual All-America honors at the same indoor championships.