NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) tied for eighth place in the pole vault to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team's performance Saturday at the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Outdoor Championships held at Southern Connecticut State University.
Dumas tied with Heather Theiss of Tufts University and Hazel Briner of MIT for the final scoring place by clearing 3.50 meters (11-5 3/4). Each earned one-third of a point for their team.
Among the other USM athletes competing Saturday, junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) was ninth in the discus with a throw of 37.76 meters (123-11), and senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) tied for 11th place in the high jump with a leap of 1.60 meters (5-3). Sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) was 16th in the discus with a mark of 36.19 meters (118-9) and 18th in the shot put with throw of 11.55 meters (37-10 3/4). Senior Vanessa Baird (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) placed 21st on the shot put with a throw of 11.02 meters (36-2).
The University of New Hampshire won the team title edging Northeastern University, 95-92. Host Southern Connecticut was third with 81 points followed by the University of Vermont with 65 and Sacred Heart University with 62. USM finished 32nd with 0.33 points.
The Huskies will conclude their 2011 outdoor regular season next Thursday and Friday (May 19-20) competing in the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships being held at Moravian College. The ECAC meet will be the final event for athletes to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships. Dumas and sophomores Molly Carl (York, Maine) and Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) are provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet.