USM’s Ruginski, Bowdoin’s Horowitz win Div. III national titles

Jamie Ruginski of the University of Southern Maine, a junior from Buxton, won the triple jump title Saturday during the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships.
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Jamie Ruginski of the University of Southern Maine, a junior from Buxton, won the triple jump title Saturday during the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships.
Posted March 15, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
Last modified March 15, 2014, at 10:18 p.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Jamie Ruginski of the University of Southern Maine and Coby Horowitz of Bowdoin College won national titles Saturday during the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships being held at the University of Nebraska’s Devaney Sports Center.

Ruginski claimed the triple jump championship, while Horowitz was victorious in the mile run.

Ruginski, a junior from Buxton, was the top seed going into the national championships, won the event with a leap of 50 feet, 1¾ inches on his final attempt in the competition. Ruginski took the lead on his second jump with a mark of 48-9½ and never looked back. He extended his lead on his third attempt in the preliminary round with a mark of 49-2¼.

Ruginski, who finished third in the long jump on Friday, is the first USM track athlete to win a national title and the first male competitor to earn All-America honors in two events.

Horowitz, a senior from Stow, Mass., became the first individual NCAA Division III champion in Bowdoin men’s history by winning the mile in 4 minutes, 8.40 seconds.

He opened up a two-second lead on the first lap, extended it to five seconds in the middle laps of the race, then came in two seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Widzgowski from Keene State.

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