Musese 7th in Triple Jump, Hoyle 6th in 800 Meters
GENEVA, Ohio -- University of Southern Maine sophomores Ben Musese (Lewiston, Maine) and Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) made their first trip to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships a memorable one as each earned All-America honors Saturday during the final day of competition at the three-day meet held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio,
Musese, the State of Maine and Little East Conference champion in the triple jump, placed seventh with his mark of 15.03 meters (49-3¾) coming in the first round of jumps. He also cracked the 15-meter barrier on his final jump going 15.01 meters (49-3). Musese is just the second USM athlete to jump 15 meters in the triple jump joining former All-American Jamie Ruginski on that list.
In the 800 meter final, Hoyle, who earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, came across the finish line in sixth place with a time of 1:53.05. Hoyle qualified for Saturday's final after posting the fourth quickest time (1:51.81) in Friday's preliminary round.
Hoyle and Musese combined to score five points for USM in the team standings. USM finished in a seven-way tie for 50th place among the 80 schools that scored in the championships.
Also competing for USM at the championships was junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine). Moody established a career-best score in the decathlon with 6,514 points to place 12th overall.
The NCAA championships bring a close to the 2019 outdoor season.