DELAWARE, Ohio -- University of Southern Maine junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) added the coveted All-America honor to her resume Friday finishing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Dumas becomes the USM women's track and field program's first outdoor All-American since Kristen Sinclair earned the distinction in the javelin in 2005.
The three-time Little East Conference champion in the pole vault, Dumas opened the competition by clearing 3.39 meters (11-1 1/2) on her first attempt. At the next height (3.54 meters or 11-7 1/4), Dumas went to her final attempt before clearing the bar to advance. She then cleared a season-best 3.64 meters (11-11 1/4) on her third attempt. She made three attempts at 3.74 meters (12-3 1/4), but did not clear the bar to place eighth among 24 competitors. Dumas' mark was one centimeter shy of her school record height of 3.65 meters (12-0) set in April 2010.
Junior Abigail Schaffer of Moravian College won the event with a meet record height of 4.14 meters (13-7). Junior Catherine Street of Linfield College, who also cleared 4.14 meters, was second.
Dumas will be back in action on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) competing in the javelin.