TROY, N.Y. -- Three members of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team earned All-ECAC honors while competing at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships held Thursday and Friday at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The meet is the final regular-season event on the Huskies 2012 spring season.
Senior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) capped her outstanding four-year career picking up All-ECAC honors in the hammer throw on Thursday. Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) raced her way to an All-ECAC citation in the 1500 meters on Friday. Freshman sensation Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) received All-ECAC accolades in the 200 meters and long jump.
In the hammer throw, Patterson posted a mark of 47.54 meters (155-11) with her final throw of the competition to place sixth. Carl crossed the final line for a time of 4:38.31 to take third place.
Wiley was sixth in the long with a leap of 5.29 meters (17-4 1/4), and fifth in the 200 meters with a school record time of 25.18 seconds. Wiley broke the previous record of 25.65 seconds set by Emily Artesani in May 2008. Running in the third of six heats, Wiley posted the fastest time of the event until four competitors in the final heat ran faster times.
Other USM athletes competing on Thursday included sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) in the 5,000 meters (18:12.12) and Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) in the pole vault (3.25 meters or 10-8) and javelin (36.29 meters or 119-0).
Junior Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) and Patterson combined to finish 10th (38.92 meters or 127-8) and 11th (38.74 meters or 127-1) respectively in the discus.
Southern Maine earned 17 points to finish 18th among the 55 teams that scored in the meet. Ithaca College won the team title with 68 points, followed by Wheaton College with 60. Williams College was third with 43 points. Amherst College (40) and Cortland State (39) round out the top five teams.
Prior to this week's final regular season meets, Wiley was ranked second in the nation among Division III competitors in the 400-meter hurdles and 20th in the long jump. Carl was ranked 13th in the steeplechase and Dumas was 14th in the javelin. The field for the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championships will be announced Sunday morning once final declarations have been submitted.
The NCAA Division III meet will be held next Thursday through Saturday (May 24-26) at Claremont McKenne-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.