GORHAM, Maine -- Three members of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team, junior Molly Carl (York, Maine), senior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), have made the field for the upcoming NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships that begin Thursday at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
Carl will be in the field for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. This will be her second trip to the NCAA outdoor championships. Dumas qualified in the javelin for the third straight year. Wiley has made the field in the long jump and the 400-meter hurdles.
Carl, seeded 10th in the steeplechase, qualified for the championships with her time of 10 minutes, 48.80 seconds at the New England Division III Championships on May 3. Carl competed last spring at the NCAA Championships in the 1500 meters. She earned All-American honors in cross country this past fall, and participated in the indoor track and field championships in the mile in March.
An outdoor All-American last year in the pole vault, Dumas made the field in the javelin as the 16th seed with her throw of 41.88 meters (137-5) at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEIcAAA) New England Championships on May 10.
Wiley, who has set six outdoor school records this spring, is seeded second in the 400-meters hurdles based upon her time of 1:00.80 at the NEIcAAA Championships. She is the 19th seed in the long jump after posting a mark of 5.69 meters (18-8) at the New England Division III Championships.
Carl and Wiley begin competition on Thursday with preliminary round races in the steeplechase (10:50 p.m. EDT) and 400-meter hurdles (8:05 p.m. EDT) respectively. The women's long jump competition will also be held on Thursday (6:00 p.m. EDT). Finals for the steeplechase and 400-meter hurdles will be held on Saturday.
Dumas will compete in the women's javelin on Saturday (6:45 p.m. EDT).