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Ruginski Sets Triple Jump Record at Bowdoin Invitational

Sophomore Jamie Ruginski set the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 47-3 1/2 Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational.
Sophomore Jamie Ruginski set the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 47-3 1/2 Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational.

            BRUNSWICK, Maine – For the second week in a row, sophomore Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) set a school record to highlight the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team's performance Saturday at the Bowdoin College 5-Way Meet.

            Ruginski broke the school record for the triple jump with his mark of 14.41 meters (47-3 ½) on his final attempt.  He eclipsed the previous mark of 14.35 meters (47-1) set by Trey Gadbois on January 15, 2005.  Ruginski's effort qualified him for the New England Division III, NEIcAAA New England and ECAC Division III Championships.  Last week, Ruginski set the USM indoor record in the long jump with a jump of 6.95 meters (22-9 ¾).

            The Huskies only other win was turned in by the 4 x 800-meter relay quartet of sophomore Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy), junior Briar Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony), freshman Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and junior Julian Gazzelloni (Windham, Maine) that posted a time of 8-minutes, 13.50 seconds.

            The Huskies picked up three second-place finishes.  Senior Parker Chipman (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) was second in the 400 meters with his time of 51.41.  Chipman's time qualified him for the New England Division III meet in February. Gazzelloni took second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:57.60, and senior Ryan Storey (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) was runner-up in the high jump after clearing 1.88 meters (6-2).

            Ruginski was also among four USM athletes to earn third-place finishes.  Ruginski was third in the 60-meter hurdles with his time of 8.92 in the finals.  Freshmen Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) was third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.22 seconds, and Collins was right behind Chipman in the 400 crossing the finish line in 51.62.  Over in the field events, freshman Legeorge Williams (Ft. Fairfield, Maine) gave USM a one-three finish in the triple jump with his leap of 12.27 meters (40-3 ¼).

            Miller added a fourth-place result in the 200 meters (23.56), and senior Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) was fourth in the weight throw with a heave of 13.91 meters (45-7 ¾).

            Host Bowdoin and W.P.I. tie for the top spot in the final team standings with 171 points apiece.  Southern Maine was third with 84 followed by Colby College with 74, Connecticut College with 43 and St. Joseph's College with 13.

            The Huskies will compete next weekend at the Bates College Invitational.  Competition begins Friday with the first day's events in the heptathlon.

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