Collins Wins Two Events; Miller Sets 60m Record
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) won two events and was part of the winning 4 x 400-meter relay as the University of Southern Maine Huskies men's indoor track and field team finished second among eight teams participating in the Bowdoin College Invitational II on Saturday.
Collins won the 200 and 400-meter races with times of 22.63 and 49.54 seconds, respectively. He led a 1-2 USM finish in the 200 edging out classmate Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) by nine one-hundredths of the second. The duo later combined with senior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) and junior Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) to win the 4 x 400 in a time of 3:21.35. That time is among the top Division III times in the nation this season.
Miller set the lone school record on the day breaking the 60-meter dash standard with his winning time of 7.01 seconds in the finals. Miller posted the best time in the trials at 7.08. Webb was also an individual winner taking the top spot in the 800 meters as he was timed in 1:58.62.
Others scoring on the track included Allen who place second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.75), sophomore Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) who took fifth in the 600 meters (1:25.40), junior Jon Clement (South Portland, Maine) who placed sixth in the mile (4:23.73), senior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) who was sixth in the 800 (2:02.24) and sophomore Jonathan Hendrickson (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) who finished sixth in the 400 (54.22). The 4 x 800-meter relay quartet of Charest, Clement, senior Kinnon Church (Salem, Mass.) and Sullivan combined to finish second (8:13.53).
In the field events, freshmen Cory Dyer (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine), and senior Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), were winners. Dyer placed first in the high jump clearing 1.88 meters (6-2). Helderman won the pole vault with a season-best mark of 4.30 meters (14-1 ¼). Ruginski, the defending national champion in the triple jump, won that event with a mark of 13.98 meters (45-10 ½).
The Huskies took four of the six scoring positions in the pole vault. Following Helderman to the podium were junior Ryan Turner (Lebanon, Maine) in second place (4.15m/13-7 ¼), junior Nick Wall (Sanford, Maine) in fifth (4.00m/13-1 ½) and freshman Jacob Moody (Wells, Maine) in sixth (4.00m/13-1 ½).
Rookie Jordhan Levine (Waterville, Maine) earned a fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 13.00 meters (42-8).
Tufts University took home the team trophy scoring 141 points. Southern Maine was second with 124 points, followed by host Bowdoin with 111.33 and Bates College with 97.
The Huskies are back in action next Saturday (2:30 p.m.) hosting the men's portion of the USM Invitational II.