Southern Maine Takes Third at State Championships
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team captured three titles and had six runner-up finishes Saturday at the annual State of Maine Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Bates College.
On the strength of the nine top-two finishes, Southern Maine scored 97.50 points to place third in the seven-team field. Bowdoin College took the team title edging out host Bates, 224-213 points. Husson University with 44 points was a distant fourth.
Junior Hany Ramadan (Portland, Maine/Deering) took the title in the 400 meters with his time of 50.44 seconds. Ramadan's time was a season best and meets the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships in two weeks.
In the field events, junior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) won the triple jump crown with a season-best mark of 14.30 meters (46-11), and sophomore Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) took the high jump title clearing 1.88 meters (6-2).
Senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) had a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200-meters dashes. Rogers had season-best times in both events crossing the line in 11.00 seconds in the 100 and 22.44 seconds in the 200.
Freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) was second in the 800 meters with his time of 1:56.04. Sophomore Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (ill.) Township) tied for second in the high jump with a height of 1.88 meters (6-2).
The Huskies 4 x 100 relay of freshman Antoine Grace (Queensbury, N.Y.), Harms, junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) and Rogers took second (43.36), and the 4 x 400 relay combination of Hoyle, Ramadan, senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and Harms was second in the 4 x 400 relay (3:24.13).
Junior Logan Gailitis (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) had USM's lone third place finish earning the bronze in the javelin (50.76m/166-6). Gailitis mark meets the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships in two weeks.
Southern Maine will compete next Saturday (11 a.m.) in the annual New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships being held at Bridgewater State University.