Southern Maine Wins Fifth Straight LEC Outdoor Title
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's track and field team won its fifth consecutive Little East Conference outdoor championship Saturday at the annual New England Alliance/Little East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Fitchburg State University.
On the strength of six winning and 27 scoring performances, the Huskies racked up 170.50 points to take the team title in the eight-team LEC field. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was runner-up with 131 points. Eastern Connecticut State University edged out Plymouth State University for the third spot, 97.50-80.560.
By winning the outdoor championship, the Huskies swept the LEC cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field titles for the third consecutive year, and the fourth time in program history.
In the Alliance Championship scoring, Southern Maine was runner-up to Bridgewater State University. BSU compiled a total of 147.50 points to USM's 118. Westfield State University was third in the 13-team field with 100 points, and UMass Dartmouth was fourth with 93.
Posting individual LEC victories on the track for USM were sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 1500 meters with his time of 4 minutes, 10.18 seconds, junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:54. 01, and sophomore Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) in the 10,000 with a time of 33:53.77.
The Huskies 4 x 400-meter relay foursome of junior Cam Labrie (Tamworth, N.H./Kennett), senior Justin Pierce (Standish, Maine/Mt. Ararat), and juniors Jack Ricker (Conway, N.H./Kennett) and Donivyn Harms (Westbrook, Maine/Rochelle (Ill.) Township) took the top spot on the podium with their time of 3:28.60.
In the field events, senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) captured his third LEC title in the pole vault by clearing 4.10 meters (13-5¼). Sophomore Ben Musese (Lewiston, Maine) combined with senior Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) to give USM a 1-2 finish in the triple jump. Musese posted a career-best mark of 14.35 meters (47-1) to take the top spot on the podium. Gamage was runner-up with a mark of 14.00 meters (45-11¼).
Junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) contributed three runner-up positions taking second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.53 seconds, the pole vault clearing 3.95 meters (12-11½) and the long jump with a jump of 6.82 meters (22-4½). Moody also had a third-place finish in the 100 meters crossing the line in 11.69 seconds.
Other runner-up finishes came from Harms in the 400 meters (51.02), Hoyle in the 800 meters (1:55.56), and senior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the 100-meter dash (11.47).
Qualified competitors will travel to Williams College next Friday and Saturday for the annual New England Division III Championships.