Four Huskies Earn NEICAAA All-New England Honors
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Four members of the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team earned NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) All-New England honors this weekend at the annual outdoor championships held at Southern Connecticut State University.
Junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) finished off an impressive two-day performance in the decathlon Saturday posting a career-best score of 6,477 points. Moody, who became the second USM male athlete to surpass the 6,000-point plateau earlier this year, had an outstanding meet posting better times or marks in nine of the 10 events, including personal bests in the 100-meter dash and long jump, when compared to his April performance when he scored 6,143 points.
Sophomore Ben Musese (Lewiston, Maine) earned a third-place finish in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 14.66 meters (48-1¼). Musese opened the competition with a personal best jump of 14.62 meters in the first round of jumps. Musese best jump came in the third round.
Sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) came home sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.31.
On Friday, senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) earned NEICAAA All-New England honors for the third time in his career tying for sixth place by clearing 4.56 meters (14-11½).
Led by these four scoring performances, the Huskies earned 19.50 points to finish 14th overall (sixth among Division III schools) among the 38 scoring teams. Host Southern Connecticut took the team title, edging out the University of Rhode Island, 112-109.50. The University of Massachusetts Amherst was third with 66 points, followed by the University of Vermont with 46 and Dartmouth College with 43.
Members of the USM team will have one last chance to qualify for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships this coming Thursday at the MIT Last Chance National Qualifier.