Southern Maine Places Fourth at Penmen Relays
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field teams posted 16 scoring performances, including two that met qualifying standards for next month's New England Division III Championships, en route to a fourth-place finish at the 2nd Annual Penmen Relays held Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H.
The Huskies earned a total of 70.50 points to finish fourth among the 23 teams that scored in the meet. Eastern Connecticut State University was atop the final team standings with 86 points, edging out Worcester State University by three points. Assumption College was third with 72, followed by USM and Franklin Pierce University rounded out the top five with 48.50.
Meeting the qualifying standard for the New England Division III meet were senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the 200 meters with his time of 22.94 seconds, and freshman Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) in the 400-meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in 58.39 seconds. Rogers would place fifth in the 200 while Peterson was third in the hurdles. Rogers also had a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
The Huskies had four runner-up finishes during the meet. On the track, junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) took second in the 5,000 meters with his time of 15:39.72, and the 4 x 400-meter relay foursome of sophomore Josh Bloom (Bar Harbor, Maine/MDI), senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat), junior Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) and senior Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine) was second with their time of 3:28.52.
In the field events, sophomore Trent Dexter (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) took second in the pole vault clearing 3.80 meters (12-5½), and classmate Ben Musese (Lewiston, Maine) was runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 13.74 meters (45-1). Musese also tied for eighth place in the long jump.
Others scoring points on the track were freshman Stephen Duckett (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) in the 200 (8th/23.21), Pierce (6th/51.92) and junior Cam Labrie (7th/52.21) (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett) in the 400 meters, Bloom (4th/1:59.09) and Jones (5th/1:59.54) in the 800, and freshman Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) in the 5,000 (5th/15:43.67).
Senior Logan Gailitis (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) continued his strong showing this season in the javelin with a fifth-place finish (52.73m/173-0). Freshman Jason Catoggio (Gorham, Maine) earned a point in the pole vault with an eighth-place finish (3.50m/11-5¾).
The Huskies will travel to Bowdoin College next Saturday for the annual Outdoor State Championships.