Huskies Post Five Qualifying Marks for NE D3 Championships
MEDFORD, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team posted five qualifying marks for the New England Division III Championships en route to an 11th-place finish Saturday at the annual Tufts University Snowflake Invitational. The meet was the outdoor season opener for the Huskies.
Pacing the Huskies was junior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) who posted NE D3 qualifying marks in the triple jump (13.61 meters/44-8) and the high jump (1.88 meters/6-2). Gamage placed third in the triple jump and eighth in the high jump.
Also posting NE D3 marks were senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the 200 meters (22.75), sophomore Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township) in the 400 meters (50.54) and senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in the high jump (1.88 meters/6-2). Rogers' time in 200 was good for 11th place among the 96 competitors who posted a time. Harms was fifth overall in the 400, and Pierce was ninth on the tiebreaker in the high jump.
Freshman Antoine Grace (Queensbury, N.Y.) reached the finals of the 100-meter dash (11.62) in his collegiate track debut after winning his preliminary round race with the eighth quickest qualifying time among 67 competitors. Grace was eighth in the final (11.74). He also competed in the 200 meters (23.45).
Sophomore Benjamin Carey (Middleboro, Mass.) scored with his eighth-place finish in the shot put (12.17 meters/39-11 ¼). Freshman Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) picked up a point in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:52.12). Junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) was seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (58.64). Freshman Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) combined with Gamage to give the Huskies a third and sixth in the triple jump (12.86 meters/42-2 ¼).
Host Tufts University finished first in the meet scoring 153 points. WPI was in the runner-up spot with 119 points, followed by Bridgewater State University with 70, Wesleyan University with 56 and Westfield State University with50. USM had a total of 25 points.
The Huskies hit the road next weekend traveling to Springfield, Mass., to compete in the Yellow Jacket Invitational at A.I.C.