2017 Little East Conference Champions

Manning Breaks School Record in 800-Meter Run at NEIcAAA Championship

Manning Breaks School Record in 800-Meter Run at NEIcAAA Championship
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  –  Senior Ben Manning (Jericho, Vt./Mt. Mansfield Union) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies men's outdoor track and field team placed third in the 800-meter run to highlight the weekend of competition for the Huskies at the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEIcAAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

         The NEIcAAA, or "New England's" is one of the oldest cross country and track and field conferences in the country.  Participating schools consist of 65 colleges and universities from the six New England states and is made up of Division I, II and III institutions. 

         Manning smashed the Huskies' school record with a time of one minute, 52.13 seconds en route to his third place finish in the event.  Manning's time bested his former record of 1:53.98 set just a few weeks ago at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship.  Manning's record time has him in the running for a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship meet.  Manning's third place finished netted the Huskies' six points. 

         In the 1500-meter run, sophomore Julian Gazzelloni (Windham, Maine) and senior Tim Even (Stoneham, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) placed 15th and 18th respectively.  Gazzelloni clocked a time of 3:57.40, while Even crossed the finish line in 3:59.02. Senior Erich Neuts (Portland, Maine/Deering) completed the 10000 meter run for the Huskies, finishing 23rd with a time of 33:35.91.

         As a team, Southern Maine tied for 28th place among 38 competing institutions.  The Huskies totaled six points.  The University of Rhode Island won the team title with 169 points, followed by Southern Connecticut State University and American International College in second place with 60 points. Stonehill College finished fourth with 54 points and Boston College placed fifth with 49 points. 

         Southern Maine returns to action at the 2012 ECAC Division III Championship hosted by R.P.I. in Troy, N.Y.  The ECAC Championships are held May 17-18.