Huskies Finish Second at USM Invitational
GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) continued his impressive rookie season winning two events and placing second in another to lead the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team to a second-place finish among the nine teams competing Saturday at the USM Invitational II.
Despite missing a number of their top athletes who were competing in Boston at the John Thomas Terrier Classic, the Huskies scored 147 points to trail only Assumption College, which tallied 157.50. Gordon College was third with 73 points, followed by Colby College with 72.50 and Saint Joseph's College with 49 to round out the top five.
Helderman led a 1-2-3 finish by the Huskies in the pole vault, winning with a season-best height of 4.35 meters (14-3 ¼). On the track, Helderman won the 55-meter hurdles with his time of 8.26 seconds. He also was second in the high jump clearing 1.83 meters (6-0).
Senior Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) was a double winner taking first place in the long jump with a leap of 6.84 meters (22-5 ¼) and in the 200 meters with a time of 23.24 seconds.
Other winners for the Huskies were freshman Cory Dyer (Jacksonville, Fla.) in high jump with a height of 1.93 meters (6-4), sophomore Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the 600 meters with his time of 1:26.41, and senior Will Lundquist (Augusta, Maine/Cony) in the 800 meters with a time of 2:11.78. The Huskies 4 x 400-meter relay also won with its time of 3:34.30.
Joining Helderman atop the podium in the pole vault were junior Ryan Turner (Lebanon, Maine/Winslow) who was runner-up with a height of 4.20 meters (13-9 ¼), and freshman Jacob Moody (Wells, Maine) who cleared 3.90 meters (12-9 ½).
Freshman Jordhan Levine (Waterville, Maine) was second in the long jump with a leap of 6.41 meters (21-0 ½) and qualified for the New England Division III Championships. Dyer was fourth jumping 6.29 meters (20-7 ¾).
Junior Chris Dunn (Kennebunk, Maine) earned a second-place finish in the 1,000 meters with his time of 2:44.95, and a third in the 5,000 with a time of 17:14.95. Lindquist was fourth in the 5,000 with his time of 17:23.27. Junior Ryan LaPadula (North Easton, Mass./Norton) finished third in the 400 meters with a time of 53.53.
Southern Maine begins the championship portion of its indoor season next Saturday (6:00 p.m.) when the Huskies travel to Bates College for the 2015 State of Maine Championships.