Huskies at New England Division III Championships This Weekend
GORHAM, Maine -- The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced Wednesday evening that University of Southern Maine senior Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) has been selected as the Corvias ECAC Division III New England Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships this past Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.
This is the second straight week, and the 10th time in his career, that Ruginski has received the weekly recognition from the ECAC. He was also named the Little East Conference Field Athlete of the Week on Monday.
At the LEC and Alliance Championships, Ruginski equaled the LEC and Alliance meet record, and set the school record, in the long jump with his winning leap of 7.21 meters (23-8). Ruginski came back later to set the meet record with a mark of 14.99 meters (49-2 ¼) to win the triple jump. Ruginski has won the long jump three straight years, and the triple jump the last two. Nationally, he ranks second in the long jump and first in the triple jump.
In the Little East Conference meet scoring, the Huskies won their fifth title in the last seven years with 206 points. Keene State edged Rhode Island College for second, 122-114.
Bridgewater State University held off Southern Maine to take the Alliance title with 153 points. The Huskies totaled 145 to take the runner-up spot. Westfield State University was third with 115 points followed by Keene State College with 82 and Rhode Island College with 75. The Alliance meet features 10 schools from the Little East Conference and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.
This weekend (Friday and Saturday), Southern Maine will send qualified competitors to the New England Division III Championships being held at Springfield College.