SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Junior Bethany Dumas' (Augusta, Maine/Cony) first-place finish in the pole vault was among the highlights that included eight New England Division III Championships qualifying marks turned in by the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team Saturday at Bryant University Invitational.
Dumas cleared 3.35 meters (11 feet) to finish first among the competitors in the pole vault. Dumas also finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.90 seconds. That time qualified her for the N.E. Division III, NEICAAA and ECAC Division III Championships meets in May.
Sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) turned in the second best time in school history in the 1500 meters crossing the line in 4:46.54 en route to an eight-place finish. Her time qualified her for the N.E. Division III and ECAC Championships. Senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) was 16th with a career best time of 4:57.25.
Senior Carly Dion (Biddeford, Maine) posted a career best time in the 5,000 meters crossing the finish line in 18:36.95 to place ninth. Dion's time qualified her for N.E. Division III and ECAC meets, and was the fifth best time in school history.
Sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) earned a fifth-place finish in the discus with her career best mark of 38.41 meters (126-0). Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) placed sixth with her throw of 38.23 meters (125-5). Durham's mark improved her N.E. Division III qualifying mark and met the ECAC standard.
Senior Vanessa Baird (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) also qualified for the N.E. Division III meet in the discus with her throw of 32.59 meters (106-11). In the hammer throw, Baird placed 13th with a toss of 40.39 meters (132-6) to meet the N.E. Division III qualifying standard.
Southern Maine travels to Lowell, Mass., next weekend for the George Davis Invitational hosted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell.