JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Southern Maine senior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) opened the outdoor season by winning the javelin Saturday during the final day of competition at the weather-shortened University of North Florida Invitational.
The meet was delayed by nearly four hours before competition got underway Saturday, and was later terminated shortly after the women's 400 meters when a second storm moved in.
Dumas won the javelin with a throw of 35.95 meters (117-11) to highlight the Huskies' efforts in their first outdoor event. Dumas also competed in the pole vault on Friday tying for 12th place by clearing 3.20 meters (10-6).
Senior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) each had personal-best marks in the hammer throw during the first day of competition on Friday. Patterson had a mark of 44.65 meters (146-6) while Durham posted a mark of 40.42 meters (132-7). Patterson also competed on in the discus on Saturday placing ninth with a throw of 40.79 meters (133-11).
On Friday, junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her time of 11 minutes, 13.33 seconds. Sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) posted a time of 18:54.89 in the 5,000 meters to finish 21st in a large field.
The Huskies return from their weeklong training in Florida and will compete next weekend at the George Davis Invitational at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.