GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced on Friday that three members of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field program have received postseason honors following a vote by the conference's head coaches.
For the second straight year, junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) was the recipient of the Field Athlete of the Year Award. Sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) was picked by the coaches as the Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, and veteran head coach George Towle was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year.
The other postseason award winners included Amy Knoblock of Keene State College as the Track Athlete of the Year and Jessica Masse of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as the Rookie Field Athlete of the Year. Rhode Island College received the Team Sportsmanship Award.
Dumas earned the first All-America award of her career this spring by finishing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Championships meet clearing a season-best 3.64 meters (11-11 1/4). She also competed in the javelin at the national championships placing 17th with a mark of 39.34 meters (129-1).
A three-time LEC champion in the pole vault, Dumas won three conference titles this spring. She won the pole vault clearing 3.56 meters (11-8), the javelin with a throw of 41.37 meters (135-9) and the 100-meter hurdles with her career-best time of 15.74 seconds in the finals.
Dumas placed among the top eight in the pole vault (11-7 3/4) and javelin (123-6) at the New England Division III championships, and scored the Huskies' lone point at the NEICAAA Championships tying for eighth in the pole vault (11-5 3/4). At the ECAC Division III Championships, Dumas tied for seventh in the pole vault (11-2 1/4) and was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.21). Her 400-meter hurdles time was just 0.01 seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying time for that event.
A transfer student, Carl made an immediate impact in the middle distance events for the Huskies. She set the school record in the 1500 meters on three occasions during the season, including at the ECAC Championships when she ran 4:36.35 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. She also set the outdoor record for 800 meters (2:16.75) at the UMass Lowell George Davis Invitational in April, and was part of the Huskies' record 4 x 800-meter relay (9:32.73).
At the LEC Championships the last weekend in April, Carl won the 800 meters (2:17.41) and was second to Knoblock in the 1500 meters (4:37.41) en route to breaking the school record for the first time. The next weekend she earned Division III All-New England honors winning the 1500 meters (4:37.37). Carl broke the school record for the third time at the ECAC meet, and capped off her season competing in the 1500-meter trials at the NCAA Championships.
For the second time in four seasons, Towle was named the conference's top coach during the outdoor campaign. This spring he guided the Huskies to their 12th consecutive LEC title, their 11th New England Alliance title in the last 12 seasons, and an eighth-place result at the New England Division III Championships.
His athletes won seven individual titles and one relay at the conference championships. In addition to Dumas and Carl, junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. Seven of his athletes were named to the LEC Spring All-Academic Team.
Little East Conference
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Track Athlete of the Year
2011 Amy Knoblock Keene State
2010 Allison Chamberlain Keene State
2009 Allison Chamberlain Keene State
2008 Jennifer Adams Keene State
Field Athlete of the Year
2011 Bethany Dumas Southern Maine
2010 Bethany Dumas Southern Maine
2009 Kayla Fleming Rhode Island College
2008 Crystal Blamy Keene State
Rookie Track Athlete of the Year
2011 Molly Carl Southern Maine
2010 Maggie Fitter Keene State
2009 none selected
2008 Karina Johnson Eastern Connecticut
Rookie Field Athlete of the Year
2011 Jessica Masse UMass Dartmouth
2010 Nikole Robbins Southern Maine
2009 Bethany Dumas Southern Maine
2008 Bryanna Brown Keene State
Coach of the Year
2011 George Towle Southern Maine
2010 Steve Gardiner UMass Dartmouth
2009 Kevin Jackson Rhode Island College
2008 George Towle Southern Maine
Team Sportsmanship Award
2011 Rhode Island College
2010 Eastern Connecticut State University