BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a first-place finish and two seconds as the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team finished third among six teams competing at the Aloha Relays held Friday and Saturday at Bowdoin College.
Patterson won the discus with a throw of 35.94 meters (117 feet, 11 inches) to lead a one-two finish by the Huskies. In the hammer throw, Patterson established a new personal best with a throw of 43.55 meters (142-10) en route to a second-place result. That mark improved her qualifying status for the New England Division III Championships, and surpassed the qualifying standard for the ECAC Division III Championships. Patterson also finished second in the shot put with a mark of 10.41 meters (34-2).
Other individual event winners for the Huskies were senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) who won the high jump by clearing 1.62 meters (5-3 3/4), and junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) who took the pole vault with a season-best mark of 3.53 meters (11-7). Dumas also raced to a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 27.96 seconds.
Sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) combined with Patterson for USM's one-two result in the discus. Durham took the runner-up spot with a throw of 32.39 meters (106-3).
Senior Carly Dion (Biddeford, Maine) earned a third-place finish in the 1500 meters with her time of 4:56.32. Sophomore Nikole Robbins (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) posted a New England Division III Championships qualifying score in the heptathlon scoring 3,391 points.
Among those earning fourth-place finishes were sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) in the 400 meters (1:03.53), senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) in the 1500 (4:59.74), junior Amy McIntire (Raymond, Maine/Westbrook) in the long jump (4.89 meters/16-0 1/2) and senior Vanessa Baird (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) in the hammer (38.23 meters/125-5). McIntire also had fifth-place finishes in the pole vault (2.90 meters/9-6 1/4) and triple jump (9.94 meters/32-7 1/2).
Host Bowdoin won the meet with 227.50 points. Bates College finished second with 128, followed by USM with 83, Smith College with 82.50 and Colby College with 76.
Next weekend, the Huskies will attempt to win their 12th consecutive Little East Conference championship at the annual LEC/New England Alliance Championships meet being held at Fitchburg State University.