Patterson, Wiley Receive LEC Weekly Honors
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced Monday that two members of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team, senior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), have been selected for weekly recognition following their outstanding performances this weekend at the Colby College Invitational.
Patterson was named the Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this spring, and the fourth time in her career. For the second straight week, Wiley swept the Rookie of the Week honors.
At the Colby Invitational, Patterson won two events and placed second in a third. She won the hammer throw with a career-best throw of 46.61 meters (152-11) and the discus with a mark of 39.61 meters (129-11). She placed second in the shot put with a throw of 10.72 meters (35-2).
Patterson's hammer throw mark is ranked 39th on the NCAA Division III performance list, and meets the qualifying standard for the New England Division III, NEIcAAA New England and ECAC Division III championships next month.
Wiley had another outstanding day setting two school records and earning four top-four finishes. On the track, Wiley broke one of the oldest school records with her time of 1:03.11 in the 400-meter hurdles, good for second place. Her time eclipsed the previous record time of 1:03.75 set by former All-American Angela Whelchel on May 26, 1992. Wiley's 400 hurdles time is presently ranked 10th on the NCAA Division III performance list.
Wiley also placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 15.88 seconds, and third in the 200 meters crossing the finish line in 26.17 seconds. Wiley's times in the 100 and 400 hurdles met the NE Division III, NEIcAAA and ECAC Division III qualifying standards. Her 200 time met the NE Division III and ECAC standards.
Wiley also set the school record en route to winning the triple jump with her mark of 11.33 meters (37-2 1/4). She broke the old record of 10.90 meters (35-9 1/2) set by Kim Brewer in April 2003. Her mark met the NE Division III, NEIcAAA and ECAC Division III qualifying standards.
M.I.T. won the meet with 199.50 points. Bates College edged host Colby for second place, 152-146.50. Southern Maine was fourth with 128 points.
Southern Maine will compete this weekend at the annual Aloha Relays held at Bowdoin College.