Desmond, Webb Advance to 800m Final; Wall PR in Pole Vault
BOSTON -- Senior Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and junior Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) set school records Friday to highlight the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team's performance during the first day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association's (NEICAAA) New England Championships being held at Boston University's Tennis and Track Center.
Ruginski broke his school record in the long jump for the second time in the last two weeks with a leap of 7.22 meters (23-8 ¼). Ruginski finished second to earn All-New England honors.
Miller broke the school indoor standard for the 200 meters with his time of 22.21 seconds in Friday's trials. Classmate Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle), the former record holder, also eclipsed his previous record with his time of 22.29.
Miller posted the 15th quickest time in the 60-meter dash trials with his time of 7.07 seconds, and advances to Saturday's semifinal round. Collins had the 12th quickest time in the 400-meter trials with his time of 49.55 seconds.
Junior Nick Wall (Sanford, Maine) cleared a career best 4.50 meters (14-9) in the pole vault to finish in eighth place. Rookie Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) tied for 14th in the pole vault clearing 4.35 meters (14-3 ¼).
Senior Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and junior Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford, Maine) both advanced to the 800-meter finals after finishing among the top eight in Friday's trials. Desmond had a season-best time of 1:52.30 to place third overall, and Webb crossed the line in 1:52.63 to take the final spot in tomorrow's final.
Senior Sheldon Allen (Boston, Mass./Charlestown) advanced to Saturday's semifinals in the 60-meter hurdles. Allen had the ninth fastest time in Friday's trials crossing the finish line in 8.44 seconds.
Fifth-year senior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) competed in the 500-meter trials. Sullivan posted a time of 1:06.31 while Charest was timed in 1:07.63.
Competition continues Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.