GORHAM, Maine -- Two members of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team, sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) and junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony), have been selected by the Little East Conference for weekly recognition following their outstanding performances at the New England Division III Championships this past weekend.
The conference office announced that Carl was named the Rookie Track Athlete of the Week for the fifth time this spring, while Dumas was picked as the Field Athlete of the Week for the third time. This is the second straight week that the duo has swept their respective award.
At the New England Division III Championships, Carl won the 1500 meters, coming from behind in the final 200 meters, with a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4 minutes, 37.37 seconds. She shaved 0.04 seconds off her previous record set the week prior at the Little East Conference Championships. Carl also ran the anchor leg for the Huskies' school record setting 4 x 800-meter relay that combined for a time of 9:32.73 and a fifth-place finish.
Dumas scored in two field events finishing fifth in the javelin with a mark of 37.46 meters (123-6) and sixth in the pole vault clearing 3.55 meters (11-7 3/4). Her pole vault height met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.
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.
Qualified athletes will participate this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) Championships being held at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.