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Southern Maine Sweeps LEC and Alliance Championships

2011 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Little East Conference and New England Alliance Champions
2011 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Little East Conference and New England Alliance Champions

            FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) won three events to lead the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team to a sweep of the New England Alliance and the Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held Saturday at Fitchburg State University.

            The Huskies won their 12th consecutive LEC championship scoring 254.50 points to easily outdistance the runner-up, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth that had 117.50 points.  The Huskies took their 11th Alliance crown in the past 12 years with 177 points.  Worcester State University was second in the Alliance meet with 115.50 points.

            Dumas won the javelin with a throw of 41.37 meters (135-9), the pole vault by clearing 3.56 meters (11-8) and the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.74 seconds.  Her pole vault mark was an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark, and her time in the 100-meter hurdles was a personal best.

            Other Alliance meet winners included junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) who led a one-two USM finish in the discus with her throw of 37.79 meters (124-0), senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) who won the high jump with a leap over 1.60 meters (5-3), and sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) who took the top spot in the 800 meters with her time of 2:17.31.

            Carl also set a school record en route to a runner-up finish in the 1500 meters with her time of 4:37.41, breaking the old record set by Gabby Cyr in May 2008 by nearly six seconds.

            Sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) was second in the discus with her throw of 37.10 meters (121-9).  Senior Tiffany Binette (Biddeford, Maine) came across the line second in the 10,000 meters with a time of 41:02.06, and sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 1:05.88.

            Patterson was third in the hammer throw with a mark of 40.94 meters (134-4).  Senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) posted a pair of New England Division III Championships  qualifying times.  Garvey was third in the 800 meters with her time of 2:19.78, and fourth in the 1500 meters crossing the line in 4:53.44.

            Other fourth place results were turned in by sophomore Nikole Robbins (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) in the long jump (16-4 1/4), junior Amy McIntire (Raymond, Maine/Westbrook) in the pole vault (9-6 1/4) and senior Carly Dion (Biddeford, Maine) in the 5,000 meters (19:01.84).

            The Huskies will compete next Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships being held at M.I.T.

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