Desmond Sets School Record at NEIcAAA Championships
BOSTON – Sophomore Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) established a new school record in the 800 meters to highlight the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field performance Friday in the first day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEIcAAA) New England Championships. The championships are being held at the Track and Tennis Center on the campus of Boston University.
Desmond eclipsed the USM indoor record in the 800 with his sixth-place time of one-minute, 51.70 seconds and will advance to the 800 finals on Saturday. Desmond bettered the previous record time of 1:52.07 set last year by Ben Manning at the same meet. Desmond will be among the eight finalists who will race for the regional title on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Joining Desmond in the 800 final will be senior Parker Chipman (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) who earned the eighth and final spot with his time of 1:52.78.
In other competition on Friday, freshman Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) ran a personal best time of 49.63 in the 400-meter trials to post the 18th fastest time. Classmate Daniel Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) posted a time of 50.55 in his trials race.
Junior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) moves into Saturday's semifinals in the 60-meter high hurdles with his time of 8.39 in the trials to earn the 16th and final spot.
Senior Orion Winkler (Brownfield, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) placed 14th in the pole vault clearing 4.55 meters (14-11). Winkler was among the nine competitors who cleared 4.55 meters to place sixth through 14th.
Sophomore Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and freshman Tony Sen (Portland, Maine/Deering) each jumped over 21 feet in the long jump. Ruginski had a best jump of 21-11 ½ (6.69 meters) to finish 12th while Sen had a best mark of 21-4 (6.50 meters) and finished tied for 18th place.
The NEIcAAA Championships feature competitors from NCAA Division One, Two and Three institutions in the six-state region.
Competition continues on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.