Marshall, Helderman and Peterson Recognized by LEC
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announce Monday that three members of the University of Southern Maine men's track and field team - seniors Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) and Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine) and freshman Riley Peterson (Barnet, Vt.) - have been selected for weekly recognition.
Marshall was picked as the men's Track Athlete of the Week for the third time this winter and the fifth time in his career. Like Marshall, Helderman was tabbed as the Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season and the fifth time in his career. Peterson is the recipient of the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week for the second time.
Competing at the Maine Quad Meet held Saturday night at the Costello Sports Complex field house, Marshall set two meet records and tied a third to lead the Huskies to a third-place finish in the team standings.
Marshall set the school and meet records in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.57 seconds. He set the meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 22.22 seconds. He equaled the 55-meter dash meet record with his winning time of 6.47 seconds.
Marshall smashed the previous 55 hurdles record of 7.74 seconds set by Douglas Reed of the University of Maine in 1980. He shaved 0.14 seconds off the previous 200 mark of 22.36 set in 2000 by Scott Schilling of Bowdoin College on the same track. He equaled the dash mark established by Luwann Curry of Colby College in 1994.
For his record-setting night, Marshall became the fourth USM runner to receive the Jim Wescott Most Valuable Track Athlete Award as the outstanding track performer in the meet.
Marshall's 200 time ranks second in region by 0.01 second, and moved him to 11th nationally with converted time of 21.83.
Helderman established a meet record in the pole vault with his winning height of 4.89 meters (16-0 ½). He eclipsed the previous meet record of 4.79 meters (15-8 ¾) set in 2004 by Wil Snyder of USM. Helderman was this year's recipient of the Peter Goodrich Most Valuable Field Athlete award.
Peterson tied for third place in the pole vault with a personal best height of 4.10 meters (13-5 ¼). Peterson's mark qualified him for the New England Division III Championships later this month.
Southern Maine finished third among the four teams scoring 127 points. Bates College recaptured the team title with 211 points. Bowdoin College, the defending champion, was runner-up with 170 points.
The Huskies will have selected competitors travel to Boston next Saturday (February 9) to compete at the David Hemery Valentine Classic held at Boston University.