DELAWARE, Ohio -- University of Southern Maine junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) finished in 17th place in the javelin during the final day of competition at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Competing the day after earning All-America honors in the pole vault, Dumas threw the javelin 39.34 meters (129-1) to finish 17th among the 23 competitors. On her first throw, Dumas had a mark of 38.16 meters. Her second throw sailed 34.18 meters before she posted her best mark on her final throw of the preliminary round. The top nine competitors advanced to the final round.
Dumas qualified for the NCAA Championships with her mark of 41.54 meters (136-3) back in March at the Florida State Relays. This is the second straight year that Dumas has participated in the javelin at the NCAA Championships.
Senior Kelly Lovett of Carleton College won the event by more than four meters with a throw of 47.36 meters (155-4) on her final attempt.
Southern Maine earned one point when Dumas finished eighth in the pole vault on Friday. USM is tied for 62nd place among 68 schools that have scored in the meet through 14 events. Competition concludes later today.