NEW YORK – University of Southern Maine sophomore Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) won the triple jump Friday during the first day of competition at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships. The championships are being held at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City.
Ruginski added the ECAC triple jump title to his impressive list of accomplishments this season with a winning leap of 14.86 meters (48-9) on his third of six attempts.
Senior Orion Winkler (Brownfield, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) earned All-ECAC honors with his eighth-place finish in the pole vault by clearing 4.67 meters (15-3 ¾).
Junior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) advanced to Saturday's final in the 60-meter high hurdles after posting the quickest time in the trials. Allen flashed across the finish line in a school record time of 8.20 seconds to break the previous record of 8.29 seconds set by Trey Gadbois in February 2004.
Allen was also part of the Huskies' school record setting 4 x 200-meter relay team. Combining with freshman Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding), sophomore Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and freshman Matthew Kimball (Portland, Maine/Deering), the quartet posted a time of 1:31.55 to finish in 11th place. The foursome took more than two seconds off the previous record set 19 days ago at the Little East Conference Championships.
After the first day of competition, Southern Maine is tied with three other teams for fifth place among the 25 teams scoring with 11 points. Cortland State is the first-day leader with 16 points.
Competition resumes Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.