NEW ORLEANS — Jamie Ruginski of the University of Southern Maine has been selected as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Division III Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.
The junior from Buxton previously had been chosen as the USTFCCCA Division III New England Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Ruginski was the NCAA Division III indoor champion in the triple jump when he leapt 50 feet, 1¾ inches on Saturday. He also earned All-America accolades with a third-place finish in the long jump, tying a school record in 23-7¼.
Ruginski swept the indoor long jump and triple jump titles at the State of Maine Championships for the second straight year and was presented the Peter Goodrich Memorial Award Most Valuable Field Athlete Award. He broke the longstanding meet record in the triple jump at 48-4.
At the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships, Ruginski swept the long jump and triple jump titles, setting the USM school and facility record in the long jump (23-3½).
Ruginski won both events again at the New England Division III
Championships, again eclipsing the USM long jump mark (23-7¼).
Then, competing against athletes from all three NCAA divisions at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships, Ruginski won the triple jump (school-record 50-9½) and placed third in the long jump on a tiebreaker.
UMaine field hockey awards
The University of Maine field hockey team has earned further academic honors as four players were named 2013 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Scholars of Distinction.
Natasha Ford, Francesca Rowley, Holly Stewart and Sydney Veljacic all were recognized after achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year.
Stewart, a junior, previously earned the “M” Club Dean Smith Award.
UM baseball season tickets
UMaine baseball season tickets are on sale for the 2014 season. Prices are $45 for adults, $28 for youth, seniors, faculty and staff.
A family pack (two adult and three youth tickets per game) is $75 and must be purchased by calling the ticket office. Fans should call 581-2329 or visit GoBlackBearsTickets.com.
UMaine, which has 15 home dates this spring, is scheduled to make its Mahaney Diamond debut on Saturday, March 29, with an America East game against UMass Lowell.
UMaine swimmer recognized
Naja Harvey of the UMaine swimming and diving team is among 12 student-athletes named to the America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team.
The junior from Orono, Minn., earned a spot earlier this year on the AE Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a 3.63 GPA in Communications. In the pool, she broke the school, pool and league record for an “NCAA B” cut time at the America East Championship in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 1.9 seconds) to place fourth overall.
Harvey also set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke and matched her 50-free record from last season at the conference meet.
Each nominee must be at least a sophomore, have compiled a minimum 3.3 GPA and have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s 2013-14 contests or be a significant reserve.