GORHAM Maine -- Three members of the University of Southern Maine men’s track and field team were recognized Monday by the Little East Conference for their outstanding performances this past weekend at a four-team meet held at the Costello Sports Complex field house.
Named the LEC Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight week was freshman pole vaulter Ben Drummey (Biddeford, Maine). Senior Daniel Flaherty (North Andover, Mass.) was selected as the Track Athlete of the Week, and rookie Kaleb Frey (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) was the recipient of the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week honor.
For the second week in a row, Drummey won the pole vault. He cleared his opening height of 4.55 meters (14-11) on his second attempt. With the bar moved up to 4.95 meters (16-2¾), Drummey cleared the bar again on his second attempt for the winning height. The freshman made three attempts at 5.20 meters (17-0¾).
Flaherty won the 55-meter dash and anchored the Huskies’ winning 4 x 200m relay. In the dash, Flaherty posted the quickest time in the trials at 6.77 seconds. He came back later to win the event with his time of 6.75 seconds, equaling his career best time. The Huskies’ 4 x 200 relay won the event by more than seven seconds with its time of 1:36.32. The individual weekly honor is the first of his career for Flaherty to go along with three Relay of the Week citations.
Frey scored valuable points for the Huskies with his third-place finish in the shot put (final field event of the meet). Frey posted his best throw of 11.68 meters (38-4) in the final round.
Southern Maine amassed 109 points to edge out three other teams for the top spot in the final tally.
The Huskies are scheduled to host the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire this weekend (Friday-Saturday). The meet is being spread over two days to accommodate Covid-19 protocols.