TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships in the javelin while competing Friday afternoon at the Florida State University Relays.
Dumas threw the javelin 41.45 meters (136 feet, 3 inches) to surpass the NCAA provisional standard of 39.25 meters and take second place among the 20 competitors. Dumas also placed sixth in the pole vault clearing 3.50 meters (11-5 3/4).
Sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) set a school record competing in the 800 meters with her time of 2 minutes, 17.14 seconds. Carl placed fourth overall, and her time qualified her for the ECAC Division III and the New England Division III Championships. Carl broke the previous record of 2:18.30 set by Dianna Thibaudeau in April 2006.
Among the other USM athletes competing Friday, junior Amy McIntire (Raymond, Maine/Westbrook) tied for 13th in the pole vault (2.90 meters or 9-6 1/4) and qualified for the New England Division III Championships, senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) who was 15th in the 800 meters with a New England Division III Championships qualifying time of 2:22.25, and sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) who was one place behind Garvey with her time of 2:23.22.
Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) had a pair of 12th place finishes in the field events. Patterson qualified for the New England Division III championships in the hammer throw with her throw of 42.91 meters (140-9), and the N.E. Division III, NEICAAA and ECAC Division III Championships in the discus with a throw of 39.17 meters (128-6). Sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) also qualified for the N.E. Division III meet in the discus with her throw of 35.58 meters (116-9), good for 16th place.
Competition continues Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.