Collins, Helderman Receive LEC Weekly Recognition
GORHAM, Maine -- For the second straight week, the Little East Conference announced on 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 February 1.
Collins was named the men's Track Athlete of the Week for the sixth time in his career while Helderman was selected as the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week for the third straight week, and fourth time overall this season.
Competing at the John Thomas Terrier Classic held at Boston University, Collins set the school record in the 200 meters, posted the ninth-ranked time in the nation in the 400 meters, and ran a leg for the Huskies' top-ranked 4 x 400-meter relay.
In the 200, Collins shaved 15 one-hundredths of a seconds off his previous school record with a time of 22.30 seconds and was listed 41st among the 146 competitors. In the 400, he ran a time of 48.42, tops among Division III competitors in the event and 13th overall among 150 runners. Collins finished his day running the third leg for the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay that turned in the second fastest time in school history with its combined time of 3:15.53. The relay placed sixth overall (only D3 schools among the top 10).
After track conversion, Collins ranks third nationally in the 400, and the relay team's time ranks first in the nation.
Competing at the USM Invitational, Helderman won the pole vault and finished second in the high jump to help the Huskies finish second among the nine teams competing.
Helderman took the top spot on the podium in the pole vault with a season-best mark of the 4.35 meters (14-3 ¼). He was second in the high jump by clearing 1.83 meters (6-0).
On the track, Helderman won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.26 seconds that qualified him for the New England Division III Championships.
Southern Maine begins the championship portion of its indoor season on Saturday (6:00 p.m.) when the Huskies travel to Bates College for the 2015 State of Maine Championships.