CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team set five school records and posted its best finish since 2005 at the New England Division III Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Huskies garnered 50 points to finish fifth among the 29 teams that scored in the meet. Williams College took the team title with 157 points, followed by host M.I.T. in second with 124. Tufts University was third with 81 followed by Worcester State University with 60 and USM.
Freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) had another stellar weekend setting three school records and posting three top-three finishes. Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) and sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) also set school records en route to scoring finishes (top eight).
On Saturday, Wiley won the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1 minute, 1.17 seconds, eclipsing her previous record set last weekend by 1.49 seconds. She was third in the triple jump with a record leap of 11.55 meters (37-10 3/4). On the opening day of competition Friday, Wiley placed second in the long jump with a school record mark of 5.69 meters (18-8). She broke her long jump mark set a month ago at UMass Lowell, and the triple jump mark she set last weekend at Westfield State University. In her first season with the Huskies, Wiley has set five school records.
Carl smashed her previous record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase placing second with a time of 10:48.80. She carved more than 18 seconds off her previous standard set three weeks ago at Colby.
Beede surpassed one of the oldest records on the Huskies' list covering the 5,000 meters in 18:01.63 to place sixth in the running order. Beede's time erased the record time of 18:14.30 set by Veronica Knight on April 22, 1989.
Other USM competitors earning scoring positions included junior Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) who finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 38.93 meters (127-9), senior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) who placed sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 46.04 meters (151-0) and eighth in the discus with a throw of 37.61 meters (123-5), junior Christina Massey (Winslow, Maine) who finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.25 meters (17-2 3/4), and senior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) who finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the pole vault clearing 3.25 meters (10-8).
The Huskies 4 x 400-meter relay quartet of freshmen Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy), Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely), and Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine) and Dumas came home in seventh place with a time of 4:10.85.
For the second straight week, junior Caitlin Miller (Pepperell, Mass./North Middlesex) posted a personal best time in the 10,000 meters crossing the line in 41:21.45.
USM competitors who are qualified will compete next Friday and Saturday (May 11-12) at the NEIcAAA New England Championships being held at M.I.T.