GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) won two jumping events and had a second-place finish in the 400 meters to lead the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team to a third-place finish among the five teams competing in the 2013 Maine State Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday night at the Costello Sports Complex.
Ruginski set the school record in the long jump for the second time this season with his winning effort of 6.98 meters (22-11), and captured the triple jump title with his winning leap of 14.12 meters (46-4). He also finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 51.10 seconds.
Junior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) won the 55-meter high hurdles with his time of 7.79 seconds, and placed third in the 200 meters crossing the line in 23.34. Senior Parker Chipman (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) was the Huskies other winner taking the top spot in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.60.
Earning second-place finishes were freshman Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) in the 200 with his time of 23.33, senior Ryan Storey (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) in the high jump with a leap of 1.88 meters (60-2), and freshman Tony Sen (Portland, Maine/Deering) who teamed with Ruginski to give the Huskies a 1-2 finish in the long jump. Sen had mark of 6.61 meters (21-8 ¼). Miller also was fourth in the 55-meter dash with his time of 6.68 in the final.
Freshman Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) earned a third-place result in the 400 with his time of 51.30. Ruginski, Collins, sophomore Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and freshman Daniel Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) combined to take second through fifth in the 400. Desmond had a time of 51.41 and Webb flashed across the line in 51.45. Webb was fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.42.
Junior Julian Gazzelloni (Windham, Maine) was third in the 1,000 with his time of 2:31.56.
In the field events, senior Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) was fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 14.40 meters (47-3), and senior Orion Winkler (Brownfield, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) was fourth in the pole vault clearing 4.15 meters (13-7 ¼).
Bates College won the team title with 207 points followed by Bowdoin College with 139 and Southern Maine with123. Colby had 59 points, and Saint Joseph's College rounded out the field with 24 points.
Bates senior thrower David Pless received the Goodrich Memorial Most Valuable Field Athlete Award for the second straight year after setting meet records in the shot put (58-10 ¼) and the weight throw (62-1 ¼). Bowdoin junior Coby Horowitz was the recipient of the Wescott Most Valuable Track Athlete Award for winning the 1,000 meters and the mile.
In addition to Pless' two meet records, new meet standards were set by junior Samuel Seeking of Bowdoin in the 5,000 (14:45.00), senior James LePage of Bates in the 600 (1:21.14) and the Bates 4 x 800 relay team (7:52.83).
Southern Maine will compete next Saturday in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships meet that will be held at USM's Costello Sports Complex.