4x400 Relay Wins; Desmond (800) and Ruginski (TJ) Finish Second
BOSTON -- Paced by the winning 4 x 400-meter relay team, the University of Southern Maine men's indoor track and field team finished a program best fourth among the 33 teams that scored at the 47th Annual NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) New England Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day event was held at the Boston University Track and Field Center.
The Huskies finished the championship scoring 43.50 points to finish in fourth place. Northeastern University won the team title tallying 161 points. The University of Rhode Island claimed the runner-up spot with 89 points, and Southern Connecticut State University was third with 51. The Huskies' fourth-place finish surpassed the program's previous best finish of sixth place accomplished last year.
The quartet of junior Zach Miller (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding), senior Kevin Desmond (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy), and juniors Jeremy Collins (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Dan Webb (Acton, Maine/Sanford) circled the track for a combined time of 3 minutes, 13.88 seconds to best 24 other teams. The Huskies' time was the second fastest in school history.
Desmond and Webb combined to score 13 points in the 800 meters by finishing second and fourth respectively. Desmond had a time of 1:52.38 while Webb crossed the line in 1:53.62. Miller also earned a point in the 60-meter dash by finishing eighth with a time of 7.04 seconds. He earned a spot in the final with his time of 7.02 in the semifinals.
In the field events, senior Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) finished second in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 15.23 meters (49-11 ¾), and freshman Cory Dyer (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied for fifth in the high jump clearing a season-best 1.99 meters (6-6 ¼).
During the first day's competition on Friday, Ruginski finished second in the long jump with a school record leap of 7.22 meters (23-8 ¼). Junior Nick Wall (Sanford, Maine) scored a point with his career-best height of 4.50 meters (14-9) in the pole vault.
Also on Friday, Miller eclipsed the school record in the 200 meters with his time of 22.21 seconds in the trials.
The Huskies will send qualified competitors to the ECAC Division III Championships next weekend in New York City.