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Huskies Second at the Aloha Relays

Junior Christina Massey won the high jump at the Aloha Relays clearing 1.52 meters (4-11 3/4).
Junior Christina Massey won the high jump at the Aloha Relays clearing 1.52 meters (4-11 3/4).

Huskies Finish Second at Aloha Relays

            BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) won two events Saturday to help the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team place second among seven teams competing at the annual Aloha Relays hosted at Bowdoin College.

            The Huskies amassed 131 points to edge out Colby College for the runner-up spot by nine points.  Host Bowdoin took the team title collecting 196 points.  Bates College was fourth with 82.50 points.

            Carl was a double-winner by capturing the 800 and 1500-meter races.  She took the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 20.67 seconds, and the 1500 by crossing the line in 4:47.49.

            Junior Christina Massey (Winslow, Maine) was the only other event winner for the Huskies taking the high jump with a jump of 1.52 meters (4-11 3/4).  Massey also earned a runner-up finish in the long jump with a mark 5.16 meters (16-11 1/4).

            Senior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) had three second-place finishes, and a fourth place to earn 28 points for the Huskies.  Dumas was second in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:07.77, the pole vault by clearing 3.35 meters (10-11 3/4) and the javelin with a throw of 34.97 meters (114-9).  Dumas was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles crossing the line in 15.75 seconds.

            The Huskies two throwers, senior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Jen Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) earned some valuable points.  Patterson took seconds in the discus with a mark of 40.44 meters (132-8) and hammer throw with a throw of 44.88 meters (147-3).  She also had a third-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 11.09 meters (36-4 3/4).  Durham was second in the shot put with a career-best throw of 11.47 meters (37-5 3/4) and sixth in the discus with a mark of 35.16 meters (115-4).

            The Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay combination of Massey, junior Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) and rookies Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine) and Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) finished in second place with their time of 4:15.57.  The 4 x 100 relay quartet of Massey, freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), Panciera and Dumas was third with a time of 50.60.

            Junior Caitlin Miller (Pepperell, Mass./North Middlesex Regional) edged classmate Katherine McWilliams (Nashville, Tenn./Middle College HS) by 0.08 seconds for third place in the 10,000 meters.  Miller crossed the line in 44:41.72 compared to McWilliams' 44.41.80.

            The Aloha Relays meet was the Huskies final tune up before next weekend's Little East Conference and New England Alliance championships.  The LEC/NEA meet will be held at Westfield (Mass.) State University.

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