Junior Moves into Top 10 Nationally
MEDFORD, Mass. -- University of Southern Maine junior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) set the school and facility record in the pole vault Saturday at the Tufts University Last Chance Meet to highlight the Huskies' performances at the non team-scoring event.
Heading into the final date of competition prior to next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championships, Helderman was tied for 23rd in the national rankings at 4.75 meters (15-7). Needing a big day, Helderman won the event clearing 5.01 meters (16-5 ¼) to move up into a tie for fifth pending other results on Saturday.
Helderman broke his school record of 4.85 meters (15-11) set on February 20, 2016, at the New England Division III Championships held at Middlebury College when he cleared 4.92 meters (16-1 ¾) on his second attempt. With the bar moved up to 5.01 meters, Helderman cleared the height on his first attempt. That height eclipsed the Gantcher Center facility mark of 5.00 meters (16-5) set by Nate Ball of MIT in 2005.
Senior Connor Harris (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) won the triple jump with a mark of 14.22 meters (46-8). Sophomore Hany Ramadan (Portland, Maine/Deering) was fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 50.02 seconds, and senior Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) posted a time of 2:01.26 in the 800 meters.
The NCAA championships declaration process begins Sunday with the final qualifiers list being released Monday morning. The top 15 declared qualifiers in each individual event will move on to the NCAA championships at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.