Harris, Gamage Finish 1-2 in TJ at New England Division III Championships
Marshall, 4x100 Relay Set School Records
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Senior Connor Harris (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and sophomore Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) finished one-two in the triple jump on Saturday to help the University of Southern Maine men's outdoor track and field team finish fifth among the 32 scoring teams at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships held Thursday through Saturday at Williams College.
Harris won the triple jump with a career best mark of 14.72 meters (48-3 ½), and Gamage was runner-up with a career best mark of 14.56 meters (47-9 ¼). A week ago at the Alliance/Little East Conference championships, the duo finished one-two with Gamage taking first and Harris second. Gamage also tied for eighth in the high jump on Saturday clearing 1.91 meters (6-3 ¼).
On Friday, Harris posted a fifth-place result in the long jump with a leap of 6.70 meters (21-11 ¾).
Junior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) had a runner-up finish in the pole vault clearing 4.62 meters (15-1 ¾).
On the track, sophomore Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) had a runner-up finish in the 110-meters hurdles and a third-place result in the 200 meters. In the hurdles, Marshall crossed the finish line with a school record time of 14.62 seconds. Marshall surpassed the previous record time of 14.63 seconds set by Trey Gadbois in April 2004. Marshall also had a career best time in the 200 at 21.81 seconds, missing another school record by just seven one-hundredths of a second.
Marshall combined with junior Trey Rogers (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and seniors Jonathan Hendrickson (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) and Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) to finish second in the 4 x 100-meter relay with a school record time of 41.70 seconds. The quartet broke the school record they set a week ago at the Alliance/Little East Conference meet.
Miller also ran to a 10th-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 49.36 seconds, and anchored the 4 x 400 relay with placed ninth in 3:21.11.
Southern Maine scored 52.33 points to earn its fourth consecutive top five finish at the New England Division III Championships. M.I.T. won the team title with 123 points. Tufts University was runner-up with 96 points, followed by Bates College with 84.50 and host Williams with 76.50.
USM will send qualified competitors back to Williams College next weekend (Friday and Saturday) for the NEICAAA New England Outdoor Championships.