Gailitis Sets School Record in Javelin at Yellowjacket Invitational
SPRINGFIELD. Mass. -- Senior Logan Gailitis (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) broke the school record in the javelin twice in the same meet to help the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team post a sixth-place finish among the 12 scoring teams at the 9th Annual Yellowjacket Invitational held Saturday at American International College (AIC).
After a foul on his first throw, Gailitis broke his previous school record mark of 51.44 meters (168-9) set in 2016 with a throw of 54.20 meters (177-10) to take the lead. Gailitis remained in the lead until the final round of throws, but still broke his newly established record with a final effort of 54.54 meters (178-11) to be runner-up to John Plisko of Assumption College All five of his legal throws eclipsed his previous school record, and he now owns the seven longest throws in school history.
Sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) posted the Huskies lone win on the day taking the top spot in the 800 meters with his time of 1:54.12.
Junior Donivyn Harms (Westbrook. Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township) and freshman Yahya Nure (Portland, Maine/Deering) each had third-place finishes in the 400 meters and 10,000 meters, respectively. Harms posted a time of 50.69 seconds while Nure crossed the line in 33:05.95.
By virtue of their performances Saturday, Gailitis, Hoyle, Harms and Nure all qualified for the New England Division III Championships next month at Williams College.
Other scoring performances were turned in by senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) who was a fifth-place finisher in the 100-meter dash (11.41), senior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) who was seventh in the 800 (2:02.80), junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) who was seventh overall in the 5,000 meters (15:56.34), and freshman Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) and sophomore Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray New Gloucester) who placed seventh and eighth respectively in the pole vault (both at 3.80m/12-5½).
Southern Maine collected 53 points on the day to finish sixth. Southern Connecticut State University took the top spot with 201 points followed by host AIC with 121. Springfield College was third with 93 points, Worcester State University took fourth with 76 and Assumption placed fifth with 60.
The Huskies will compete next weekend at the Penmen Relays being held at Southern New Hampshire University.