GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced Monday afternoon that two members of the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team - junior Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and freshman Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) - have been selected for weekly honors for the week ending January 25.
Collins was named the men's Track Athlete of the Week for the fifth time in his career while Helderman was selected as the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight week, and third time this season.
Competing at the Bowdoin College Invitational, Collins won two individual events on track and was part of the Huskies' winning 4 x 400-meter relay. Collins took the top spot in the 200 meters with his time of 22.63 seconds, and the 400 meters in a time of 49.54 seconds.
Collins combined with junior Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding), senior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) and junior Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) to win the 4 x 400 with the fastest Division III time in the nation this season, 3:21.35. Collins' 200-meter time moved him up to 16th nationally according to Direct Athletics (he is third in the 400 meters based upon a faster time - 49.44 - at the USM Invitational in December).
Helderman led a 1-2-5-6 finish by the Huskies in the pole vault. He won the event with a season-best height of 4.30 meters (14-1 ¼). He also placed seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.78 meters (5-10).
Helderman also competed in the 60-meter hurdles posting a time of 8.93 seconds in the trials, and a seventh-place finish in the finals with his time of 9.02 seconds. His time in the trials met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships.
Led by Collins and Helderman, the Huskies finished second among the eight teams competing at the meet. 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 on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) hosting the men's portion of the USM Invitational II.