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USM Men Open 2019 Outdoor Season at Tufts Snowflake Classic

Senior Justin Pierce led a 1-2-3 sweep by the Huskies in the high jump (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Justin Pierce led a 1-2-3 sweep by the Huskies in the high jump (file photo by Jason Johns).
Musese, Pierce and 4x400 Relay Post Wins

            MEDFORD, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team opened its 2019 outdoor campaign Saturday by finishing fourth among 19 scoring teams at the annual Tufts University Snowflake Classic.  The Huskies performance was highlighted by wins in two individual events and the 4 x 400-meter relay.

            Sophomore Ben Musese (Lewiston, Maine) combined with senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) to give the Huskies a one-two finish in the triple jump.  Musese won the event with an outdoor personal best mark of 14.20 meters (46-7 ¼) while Gamage had a top mark of 13.90 meters (45-7 ¼).  Musese led the event throughout taking the lead with his opening jump of 14.03 meters (46-0 ½).  He posted his winning mark in the fourth round of jumping.  Both jumpers met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships in May.

            In addition to his win in the triple jump, Musese also had a seventh-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.35 meters (20-10).

            Senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine) led a one-two-three finish for the Huskies in the high jump.  Pierce cleared 1.95 meters (6-4 ¾) on his first attempt to take the top spot in the podium.  Junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) was runner-up clearing 1.90 meters (6-2 ¾) on his third try.  Gamage tied for third place with Charles Pennington of Tufts as each cleared 1.85 meters (6-0 ¾) on their first attempt.  Pierce and Ricker met the qualifying standard for the N.E. Division III meet.

            The Huskies' 4 x 400 relay foursome of junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township), sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee), freshman Stephen Duckett (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) won that event with their combined time of 3:24.32.

            Hoyle had an impressive runner-up finish in the 1500 meters with his time of 3:59.98, and qualified for the N.E. D3 meet.  Senior Logan Gailitis (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) opened his season with a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 51.43 meters (168-9), one centimeter shy of his school record.

            Freshman Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) qualified for the N.E. D3 meet with his fifth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 4.10 meters (13-5 ¼).  Sophomore Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) tied for seventh in the event clearing 3.90 meters (12-11 ½).

            Southern Maine amassed 74 points on the day to finish fourth.  Rensselaer Polytechnic edged out host Tufts for the top spot in the team standings, 157.50-151.00.  Amherst College was third with 92, and Trinity College completed the top five teams with 58.

            The Huskies will travel to Springfield, Mass., next Saturday (April 6) to compete at the A.I.C. Yellow Jacket Open.