WATERVILLE, Maine -- Senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) set a school record in the high jump and the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team captured five events en route to a third-place finish Saturday at the Colby College Invitational.
Hall cleared a career best (indoor or outdoor) 1.63 meters (5 feet, 4 1/4 inches) to break the previous record of 1.62 meters (5-4) set by Caitlin Handcock in March 2006. Hall finished second in the event won by Danielle Shepard of Colby who cleared an NCAA provisional qualifying height of 1.67 meters (5-5 3/4). Hall also had a second-place result in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 16.1.
Sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) continued her stellar outdoor campaign winning the 1500 meters with s season-best time of 4 minutes, 44.93 seconds. Freshman Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) took first in the 5,000 meters crossing the line in a season-best time of 18:50.52.
In the field events, junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) won the pole vault clearing 3.35 meters (10-11 3/4). Classmate Amy McIntire (Raymond, Maine/Westbrook) took the top spot in a high-competitive long jump event with a leap of 4.92 meters (16-1 3/4). The top three finishers in the long jump were separated by just two centimeters. Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) took first in the discus with a season-best throw of 39.93 meters (131-0).
Dumas also picked up a second-place result in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:10.19. McIntire tied for second in the triple jump with a mark of 9.99 meters (32-9 1/2), and was third in the pole vault clearing 2.90 meters (9-6 1/4). Patterson also earned a second in the shot put with a season-best mark of 10.61 meters (34-9 3/4), and a fourth in the hammer throw with an effort of 39.06 meters (128-2).
Picking up third-place finishes were the 4 x 100-meter relay (51.67), sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) in the 100-meter hurdles (16.5), senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) in the 800 meters (2:23.83), sophomore Christina Massey (Winslow, Maine) in the long jump (16-1), freshman Morgan Baum (Union, Maine/Medomak Valley) in the javelin (99-8), sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) in the discus (125-2) and senior Vanessa Baird (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) in the shot (34-1 1/4).
Host Colby College won the meet with 279.50 points, followed by Bates College with 223.50 and Southern Maine with 211.
The Huskies return to action next Friday (tba) and Saturday (11:30 a.m.) at the annual Aloha Relays held at Bowdoin College.