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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:38 pm

Southern Maine Fourth at N.E. Division III Championships

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men’s indoor track and field team had the best finish in program history at the New England Division III Championships Saturday placing fourth among the 26 teams that scored. The two-day meet was held at Springfield College.

The Huskies captured three titles as seniors Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) were individual champions and the 4 x 400-meter relay won. Junior Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) set a new school record in the 60-meter dash to place third.

Desmond took the top spot on the podium in the 800 meters with his winning time of 1:54.20. Junior Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) was seventh with his time of 1:57.55. Ruginski defended his long jump title capturing the top spot with a leap of 7.08 meters (23-2 ¾).

The 4 x 400 group of Miller, sophomore Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little), senior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) and Desmond won with their combined time of 3:24.14.

Miller eclipsed his previous school record in the dash by two one-hundredths of a second with his time of 6.99 seconds in the finals.

Junior Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) placed in two events coming home fourth in the 400 meters (50.46) and sixth in the 200 meters (22.92). Senior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.57).

In the field events, rookie Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) finished second in the pole vault clearing 4.35 meters (14-3 ¼), and junior Ryan Turner (Lebanon, Maine/Winslow) tied for fourth with a height of 4.20 meters (13-9 ¼). Freshman Jordhan Levine (Waterville, Maine) brought home a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 13.59 meters (44-7), and classmate Cory Dyer (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied for seventh in the high jump clearing 1.93 meters (6-4).

M.I.T. took home the team championship scoring 129 points. Bates College was runner-up with 73, followed by Williams College with 71, Southern Maine with 67 and Bridgewater State University with 55.

The Huskies will send qualified competitors to the NEICAAA New England Championships at Boston University next Friday and Saturday.

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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:42 pm

Southern Ties for Third at N.E. Division III Championships

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women’s track and field team tied for third place among the 30 teams that scored at the New England Division III Championships held this weekend at Smith College.

Paced by senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine) and junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine), the Huskies scored 58 points to tie Wesleyan University for third place. M.I.T. dominated the event winning the team championship with 151 points. Williams College was runner-up with 86. Amherst College completed the top five scoring 51 points. USM’s third-place finish was the best in the history of the program, and is the fourth straight top 10 finish for the Huskies.

Kirk led the way on Saturday winning the 200 meters crossing the finish line in 25.76 seconds. In the 60-meter dash, Kirk broke the school record in the trials with her time of 7.89 seconds, then broke it again in the finals flashing across the line in 7.87 to place fourth.

Dostie won the pentathlon on Friday with a school and meet record 3,444 points. In the process, she set the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 8.92 seconds. On Saturday, Dostie came back to finish second in the hurdles with her time of 8.93. Dostie also had a sixth-place result in the long jump with a leap of 5.25 meters (17-2 ¾).

The Huskies picked up 10 points by winning the 4 x 200-meter relay with a school record time of 1:44.20.

Junior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) finished sixth in the 800 meters with her time of 2:17.55.

In the field events, sophomore Ashley Belanger (Biddeford, Maine) and junior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the shot put. Belanger had a mark of 12.79 meters (41-11 ½) while Sodders posted a best throw of 12.39 meters (40-7 ¾).

The Huskies will send qualified competitors to the NEICAAA New England Championships at Boston University next Friday and Saturday.

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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:46 pm

HALE SECOND FOR COLBY MEN'S TRACK AT NEW ENGLAND D3 MEET

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- Jeff Hale nearly pulled out a victory in the 3,000-meter run in settling for second place at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships at Springfield College on Saturday.

Colby placed 13th out of 26 scoring teams with 23 points.

Hale had eight of the points for his runner-up finish in 8 minutes, 26.48 seconds. Aldis Inde of Williams College was the winner in 8:26.12.

David Chelimo and Brian Sommers both had sixth-place finishes for the Mules. Chelimo had a time of 4:20.58 in the mile, while Sommers clocked a 50.67 in the 400 dash.

Will Hayes finished in eighth place in the 600 meters (1:24.59), Andrew Herwig also took an eighth in the heptathlon (4,107 points), Jamaal Grant added a 10th in the long jump (21-00.75) and a 12th in the triple (42-07.5), and Charlie Coffman was 10th in the mile (4:22.60).

Colby's 1,600 relay team of Sommers, James O'Donnell, Pedro Caballero, and Brett Sahlberg placed fifth in 3:27.69. The Mules also received a sixth in the 3,200 relay in 8:02.41 from Coffman, Andy Martinez, Tom Barry, and Chelimo.

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RELAY TEAM FOURTH FOR COLBY WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. --- The Colby College 1,600-meter relay team placed fourth overall at the New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Emily Doyle, Michaela Athanasopoulos, McKayla Blach, Emily Tolman combined to run the relay in 4:00.97.

Doyle took fifth place in the 400 dash (59.11), Michaela Garrett placed ninth in the weight throw (46-8.25.), and Keltie Vance was 12th in the pole vault.

Colby took 12th overall out of 30 teams with 18 points

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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:54 pm

Men’s College Track & Field

Desmond, Helderman Receive LEC Weekly Honors

GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference today announced that University of Southern Maine senior Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and freshman Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) are recipients of weekly honors for their performances at the New England Division III Championships this past weekend.

Desmond was picked as the Track Athlete of the Week for the first time this winter, and the fourth time on his career, and Helderman was selected as the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week for the fifth time this season.

Competing at the New England Division III Championships held at Springfield College, Desmond won the 800 meters and anchored the Huskies’ winning 4 x 400 meter relay. Desmond bested a field of 17 other competitors with his season-best time of 1 minute, 54.20 seconds. Desmond’s time moved him up to 15th in the latest national rankings.

The relay quartet of junior Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding), sophomore Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little), senior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) and Desmond took the top spot on the podium with its combined time of 3:24.14.

Helderman continued his impressive rookie campaign finishing second in pole vault by clearing 4.35 meters (14-3 ¼).

M.I.T. took home the team championship scoring 129 points. Bates College was runner-up with 73, followed by Williams College with 71, Southern Maine with 67 and Bridgewater State University with 55. USM’s fourth-place finish surpassed the program’s previous best of fifth place accomplished in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The Huskies will send qualified competitors to the NEICAAA New England Championships at Boston University next Friday and Saturday.



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Women’s College Track & Field

Dostie, Kirk Selected for LEC Weekly Awards

GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced on Monday that two members of the University of Southern Maine women’s indoor track and field team - senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) - have been selected for weekly awards following their respective performances at the New England Division III Championships this past weekend.

For the second straight week, Dostie was named the Field Athlete of the Week. Kirk was named the Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this month.

Competing at the N.E. DIII Championships held at Smith College, Dostie won the pentathlon on Friday and placed in the long jump on Saturday. Dostie won the pentathlon with a school and meet record total of 3,444 points, and presently ranks fifth nationally. She posted the best finish in three of the five events, including the long jump where she leaped 5.34 meters (17-6 ¼) to earn 654 points. Dostie also cleared 1.51 meters in the high jump (4-11 ½) to earn 632 points. On Saturday, Dostie competed in the long jump and placed sixth with a leap of 5.25 meters (17-2 ¾).

On the track, Dostie set the school record in the 60-meter hurdles on Friday while competing in the pentathlon with her time of 8.92 seconds (ranks 11th nationally). On Saturday, she placed second in the hurdles in a photo finish with both competitors given a time of 8.93 seconds. She also ran the anchor leg of the Huskies’ winning 4 x 200-meter relay that set a school record with its time of 1:44.20.

Kirk won the 200 meters, finished fourth in the 60-meter dash, and ran the leadoff leg of the Huskies’ 4 x 200 relay. Kirk won the 200 meters with her time of 25.76, and moved to 16th in the national rankings. In the dash, Kirk broke her school record in the trials with a time of 7.89 to qualify for the finals. In the final, she broke the record again flashing across the line in 7.87 seconds.

Paced by Dostie and Kirk, the Huskies scored 58 points to tie Wesleyan University for third place. M.I.T. dominated the event winning the team championship with 151 points. Williams College was runner-up with 86. Amherst College completed the top five scoring 51 points. USM’s third-place finish was the best in the history of the program, and is the team’s fourth straight top 10 finish.

The Huskies will send qualified competitors to the NEICAAA New England Championships at Boston University next Friday and Saturday.



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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:05 am

UMF Athletics Adds Outdoor Track and Field as a Varsity Sport

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation, Julie Davis, is excited to announce the addition of men’s and women’s outdoor track and field as a varsity sport effective for the 2015-2016 academic year.

"With demonstrated interest both on campus and from our prospective students, our new varsity track and field program will be a win-win for Farmington as we bolster student engagement and attract talented student-athletes," Vice President for Enrollment Jared Cash expressed.

The club indoor and outdoor team has been growing for the past few years and already boasts a robust roster and competitive set of student-athletes. The announcement is the outcome of a collaborative proposal that relied heavily on student leadership with support from the director of athletics. Careful study of participation rates and UMF inquiries were assessed and factored into the decision, as was the opportunity to practice and find appropriate competition. Davis explained, “I have always felt this sport would be a good fit for UMF’s mission and profile. The timing is right with great student leadership, momentum in the club, growth in our conference and a continued partnership with Mt. Blue High School. The student leaders, Sean Cabaniss and Josh Wynne, put in countless hours to create the club opportunity for others with the goal of the program becoming varsity for future participants.”

“The addition of outdoor track and field is an incredible step forward for both athletics and the campus at large. Both Joshua Wynne and I are ecstatic that we were able to start this program less than three years ago and see it grow to this level. We can't wait to see how it will progress and bring positive changes to the university,“ Cabaniss expressed excitedly. Cabaniss is a junior from Vassalboro, Maine, president of the UMF track and field club, a member of the UMF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and plays on the UMF baseball team.

Wynne added, “I am so excited to hear the announcement! I believe by UMF making outdoor track and field varsity, it will increase the participation in both sports and make a positive impact on campus.” Wynne is a runner on the UMF cross country team and club leader and participant.

Outdoor track and field was recently added to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), which will host an inaugural championship this spring. UMF’s club team has been granted permission to participate in the 2015 NAC championship, but cannot receive any scoring credit. The team will compete in the 2016 NAC championship at the varsity level. The NAC constitutes members from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Competitions will be at Division III institutions around the state and New England region.

The club team has already been using the Mt. Blue High School facility and the varsity team will continue to do so. Dr. Tom Ward, Mt. Blue Regional School District’s superintendent, remarked, “We are very excited about sharing our new track and field facilities with the University of Maine at Farmington and the positive impact our students and community will experience having a varsity track and field collegiate team on site.”

“Expanding our program, with this sport specifically, will add positively to the equation of student leadership and performance across campus and in the community. We are thrilled to be able to extend our opportunities and give talented prospects one more reason to choose UMF,” said Julie Davis.
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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:08 pm

Women’s College Track & Field

Dostie, Kirk Advances at NEICAAA New England Championships

BOSTON -- University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) advanced to the next round in three events of the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) New England Championships after the first day of competition at the Tennis and Track Center on the campus of Boston University.

Kirk established a new school record in the 200 meters with her time of 25.07 seconds. Her time was the seventh quickest and advances her into Saturday’s finals. Kirk broke her previous record of 25.48 seconds set four weeks ago on the same track during the Terrier Classic. Kirk also had a time of 7.97 in the 60-meter dash trials.

Dostie advanced in two events. She advanced to the semi-finals of the 60-meter hurdles with the eighth quickest time of 9.02 seconds in the trials. Dostie also made the 400-meter final turning in the sixth fastest time of 57.09 seconds.

Junior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) posted a 14th fastest time in the 800-meter trials crossing the finish line 2:16.25, and senior Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) had a top 20 time of 1:19.07 in the 500-meter trials. The top eight times advanced to Saturday’s finals.

Competition will continue on Saturday. Dostie will run in the hurdles semifinals at approximately 11:55 a.m., and the 400 finals at 1:15. Kirk will take the track for the 200-meter finals at 2:25. Also competing on Saturday will be sophomore Ashley Belanger (Biddeford, Maine) and Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) in the shot put, and the Huskies’ 4 x 400-meter relay.
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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:09 pm

Men’s College Track & Field

Ruginski, Miller Set School Records at NEICAAA Championships

BOSTON -- Senior Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and junior Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) set school records Friday to highlight the University of Southern Maine men’s indoor track and field team’s performance during the first day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association’s (NEICAAA) New England Championships being held at Boston University’s Tennis and Track Center.

Ruginski broke his school record in the long jump for the second time in the last two weeks with a leap of 7.22 meters (23-8 ¼). Ruginski finished second to earn All-New England honors.

Miller broke the school indoor standard for the 200 meters with his time of 22.21 seconds in Friday’s trials. Classmate Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle), the former record holder, also eclipsed his previous record with his time of 22.29.

Miller posted the 15th quickest time in the 60-meter dash trials with his time of 7.07 seconds, and advances to Saturday’s semifinal round. Collins had the 12th quickest time in the 400-meter trials with his time of 49.55 seconds.

Junior Nick Wall (Sanford, Maine) cleared a career best 4.50 meters (14-9) in the pole vault to finish in eighth place. Rookie Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) tied for 14th clearing 4.35 meters (14-3 ¼).

Senior Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and junior Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford, Maine) both advanced to the 800-meter finals after finishing among the top eight in Friday’s trials. Desmond had a season-best time of 1:52.30 to place third overall, and Webb crossed the line in 1:52.63 to take the final spot in tomorrow’s final.

Senior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in the 60-meter hurdles. Allen had the ninth fastest in Friday’s trials crossing the finish line in 8.44 seconds.

Fifth-year senior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) competed in the 500-meter trials. Sullivan posted a time of 1:06.31 while Charest was timed in 1:07.63.

Competition continues Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.



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Re: Indoor track and Field:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:09 pm

HALE WINS NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP IN 5,000 METERS

BOSTON, Mass. --- Jeff Hale is a New England champion in the 5,000-meter run after beating a field of Division I, II, and III runners at the Open New England Men's Track and Field Championships on Friday at Boston University.

Hale finished in a time of 14 minutes, 25.81 seconds on his championship run of 25 laps. He held off Amherst College first-year Mohamed Hussein, who ran a 14:29.11. Colby teammate Charlie Coffman placed 14th in 15:06.60.

"A trio of Northeastern guys led for the first 3,000 meters or so and kept the pace very honest," Colby head coach Jared Beers said. "Jeff took over as they started to fade. Hussein from Amherst tried to take the race and lead, but Jeff took over decidedly with two laps to go and there was no doubt at that point who was winning."

Hale scored 10 points for his victory and helped the Mules finish sixth heading into Saturday's final day of competition.

In other highlights, Brian Sommers qualified for Saturday's championship final of the 400 dash with a 48.42 to take fourth among runners. Tom Barry was 13th in the 1,000 meters in 2:33.17.

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