Southern Maine Men Win 4th Straight LEC Outdoor Championship
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team used its depth to win the Little East Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday at Bridgewater State University.
By winning the outdoor championship, the Huskies swept the LEC cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor championships for the second straight year, and for just the third time in the history of the conference. The Huskies first accomplished the feat in 2009-10 and duplicated it in 2016-17. Combining the three seasons, the Huskies have won the last eight LEC championships.
The Huskies won their fourth straight team title, and eighth in the last 11 years, edging the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by one point, 145-144. The University of Massachusetts Boston was third with 114 points followed by Plymouth State University with 75.
Freshman Cam Meier (Bowdoinham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and junior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) were the only USM competitors to win LEC titles on Saturday. Meier won the 5,000 meters with his time of 15 minutes, 52.71 seconds while Gamage successfully defended his triple jump title with a leap of 14.15 meters (46-5 ¼).
Southern Maine garnered five runner-up finishes. Sophomore Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) combined with Meier to give USM a 1-2 finish in the 5,000 taking second (15:57.58). Classmate Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township) finished second in the 400 meters (50.54), junior Hany Ramadan (Portland, Maine/Deering) was runner-up in the 800 meters (1:56.26), and freshman Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) was second in the 10,000 meters (33:43.81).
The Huskies collected eight third-place finishes that added up to 48 points. Freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) was third in the 800 meters (1:56.71) and the 1500 meters (4:06.82). Junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) took thirds in the 110-meter hurdles (16.47) and the long jump (season-best 6.65 meters/21-10). Senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat) was third in the high jump (season-best 1.98m/6-6) and rookie Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) was third in the triple jump (season best 13.54m/44-5 ¼).
The Huskies three relays scored valuable points to help hold off UMass Dartmouth. The 4 x 800 group of freshman Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI), Ramadan, junior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) and Hoyle was runner-up (7:57.66) while the 4 x 100 foursome of rookie Antoine Grace (Queensbury, N.Y.), Harms, Moody and senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and the 4 x 400 quartet of Moody, sophomore Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), Pierce and Harms both finished third (43.15 and 3:25.61 respectively).
Rogers tied for fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.28) and Jones was fourth in the 800 (2:00.19). In addition to his win in the steeplechase, Meier finished fourth in the 1500 meters (4:08.64). Freshman Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) took a fourth in the 10,000 (34.37.00) and classmate Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) placed fourth in the pole vault (3.65m/11-11 ¾).
Adding valuable fifth-place finishes were Bloom in the 800 (2:00.44), Harriman in the 1500 (4:09.22), Moody in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.30), sophomores Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) in the high jump (1.93m/6-4), Connor Goodall (Gorham, Maine) in the pole vault (3.50m/11-5 ¾) and Benjamin Carey (Middleboro, Mass.) in the shot put (11.99m/39-4), and junior Logan Gailitis (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) in the javelin (47.27m/155-1).
Qualified competitors will compete this coming Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships being held at M.I.T.