CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) won the 1500 meters, breaking the school record for the second straight weekend, to lead the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team to an eighth-place finish at the 2011 New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at M.I.T.
The Huskies amassed 43 points to earn their best finish in the championship since 2005 when they were a program-best third. Host M.I.T. won the team title edging out Williams College, 141.50-138. Tufts University was third (96) followed by Bowdoin College in fourth (62) and Colby College in fifth (46). Wheaton College and Springfield College tied for sixth place, one point ahead of the Huskies.
Carl came from behind in the final 200 meters to win the 1500 with a new school record time of 4 minutes, 37.37 seconds. Carl carved 0.04 seconds off her previous record time established a week prior at the Little East Conference Championships. Her time surpassed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 4:38.00.
Running the anchor leg for the Huskies 4 x 800-meter relay, Carl and senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.), sophomore Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) and senior Carly Dion (Biddeford, Maine) combined for a time of 9:32.73 to take nearly seven seconds off the school record set last year. The quartet placed fifth.
Sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the heptathlon scoring a career-best 4,124 points, eclipsing her previous best total by 308 points. Among the seven events that make up the heptathlon, Howes placed first in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 2:21.73.
Juniors Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) each scored in two field events. Dumas took fifth in the javelin (37.46 meters/123-6) and sixth in the pole vault (3.55 meters/11-7 3/4). Patterson was fifth in the discus (37.80 meters/124-0) and sixth in the hammer throw (personal best 44.07 meters/144-7).
Others scoring for the Huskies included senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) who was fourth in the high jump (1.58 meters/5-2 1/4) and sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) who place fourth in the discus (career best mark of 40.77 meter/133-9). Durham also had a season best mark en route to a ninth-place finish in the shot put (11.10 meters/36-5), and Hall posted an ECAC Division III Championships qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles trials (personal best 16.07 seconds).
Among those not scoring, but posting qualifying times (and personal bests) for future events were Garvey in the 800 meters (2:18.85) and freshman Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) in the 5,000 meters (18:40.83). Both qualified for the ECAC Division III meet.
Qualified athletes will participate next weekend at the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) Championships being held Friday and Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.