LEWISTON, Maine – Junior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) and sophomore Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each turned in a first and second-place finish to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies men's indoor track and field team to a third-place finish at the six-team Bates College Invitational held at the Walter Slovenski Indoor Track on Saturday.
The University of Maine took the team title with 239.50 total points. Bates was second with 193 points and Southern Maine followed in third with 120.50 points. Colby College placed fourth with 86 points, St. Joseph's College (Maine) was fifth with 16, and Bowdoin College rounded out the field event with three points.
The Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay team took home a first-place finish to join Allen and Ruginski on the list of Southern Maine first-place finishers.
Allen placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.18 seconds, good enough to qualify him for the New England Division III meet. Ruginski was first in the triple jump with a leap of 14.17 meters (46-6). The relay team won the event with a time of 3:27.93, which was also good enough to qualify for the ECAC DIII meet.
Allen finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.35, and Ruginski took second in the long jump with a jump of 6.62 meters (21-8 ¾). Allen's time in the 60-meter hurdles qualified him for the NE DIII, NEIcAAA New England, and ECAC DIII meets.
Southern Maine had four other second-place finishers. Junior Julian Gazzelloni (Windham, Maine) was second in the mile with a time of 4:21.57 (NE DIII and ECAC DIII meet qualifying time), freshman Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.56 (NE DIII meet qualifying time), senior Parker Chipman (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) placed second in the 800-meters with a time of 1:57.50 (NE DIII meet qualifying time), and senior Ryan Storey (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) was second in the high jump, clearing a season-best 1.93 meters (6-4; ECAC DIII meet qualifying jump).
Sophomore Craig Gattereau (Boston, Mass./Hanover) tied for third in the high jump by clearing 1.88 meters (6-2; NE DIII meet qualifying jump), and in the heptathlon, senior Jason Johnson (Mapleton, Maine/Presque Isle) placed third in the pole vault by clearing 3.60 meters (11-9 ¾).
Johnson also placed fourth in the shot put in the heptathlon with a throw of 11.00 meters (36-1 ¼), and freshman Zach Miller (Rochester, NH/Spaulding) was fourth in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash with times of 7.30 and 23.57. Freshman Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) crossed the finish line in the 200-meter dash just behind Miller, placing fifth with a time of 23.65.
Southern Maine returns to the track on Friday when they travel to Boston University for the two-day Terrier Classic at the Track and Tennis Center.