BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) set school records Friday to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team's performance during the final day of competition at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Moravian College.
Patterson broke the school mark in the discus with her NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 42.31 meters (138-9) en route to a third-place finish. Patterson eclipsed the long-standing record of 42.03 meters (137-11) set by Christine Berube in May 1994.
Carl lowered her school record time in the 1500 meters crossing the line in 4 minutes, 36.35 seconds. She took more than a second off her previous record of 4:37.37 set two weeks ago at the New England Division III Championships. Carl also competed in the 800 meters finishing with a time of 2:21.56.
Junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) scored a point for the Huskies placing eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with her personal best time of 1:04.21. Dumas also tied for seventh in the pole vault on Friday by clearing 3.41 meters (11-2 1/4).
Sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) also ran a personal best time in the 400 hurdles of 1:05.23 to finish 12th overall.
Other USM competitors posting career best times during the meet included seniors Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.61 and Carly Dion (Biddeford, Maine) in the 5,000 with her time of 18:25.34.
Also competing Friday were senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) in high jump (1.53 meters, tied 12th), sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) in the discus (35.43 meters, 14th), senior Vanessa Baird (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) in the shot put (10.62 meters, 21st) and freshman Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) in the 5,000 (19:18.06, 31st).
Patterson and Dumas accounted for the Huskies' 8.50 points that put them in 30th place among the 56 schools that scored in the meet. Ithaca College took the team title with 80.50 points.
Dumas (pole vault, javelin), Carl (1500), Howes (heptathlon) and Patterson (discus) will await the announcement of the NCAA Championships field on Sunday.