GORHAM, Maine -- The United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced that two members of the University of Southern Maine women's track and field program were among the 328 student-athletes representing 102 institutions named to 2011 Division III All-Academic Track and Field team.
Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Molly Carl (York, Maine) each earned a spot on the team in recognition of their outstanding athletic and academic performances. They are the first two USM women's athletes to earn the distinction.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, an athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying mark in an individual event or relay.
Carl qualified for, and participated at, the NCAA outdoor championships in the 1500 meters. She met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard with her time of 4 minutes, 36.35 seconds at the ECAC Championships in May. During the outdoor season, Carl set school records in the 800 (2:16.75) and 1500 meters, and was part of the Huskies' record 4 x 800-meter relay (9:32.73).
Patterson met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the discus with her school record setting throw of 42.31 meters (138-9) en route to a third place finish at the ECAC Championships.
In the classroom, Patterson has compiled a 3.843 cumulative GPA and is majoring in criminology. Carl has yet to declare a major and has earned a 3.667 GPA.