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Carl, Wiley Advance to NCAA Division III Finals

Junior Molly Carl (left) and freshman Hannah Wiley competed Thursday in preliminary round races at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Junior Molly Carl (left) and freshman Hannah Wiley competed Thursday in preliminary round races at the NCAA Division III Championships.

            CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) and freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team will compete for national titles and All-American honors on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

            Wiley won her 400-meter hurdles heat race with a time of 1 minute, 1.58 seconds to advance to the finals on Saturday (3:55 p.m. PST).  Her time was the sixth quickest among the 22 competitors in the field.

            In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Carl came across the finish line in 10:50.60 to place fourth in her heat race, and seventh overall.  Carl will be among the 14 competitors who race in Saturday's (1:30 p.m. PST) final.

            Competing in the long jump final on Thursday, Wiley set the school record with her mark of 5.71 meters (18-9) on her second attempt.  She broke her previous record of 5.69 meters (18-8) set May 4 at the New England Division III Championships.  Wiley finished 10th overall, and had the best finish among the five freshmen in the field.  Senior Skye Morrison of Wartburg College won the event with a leap of 6.26 meters (20-6 1/2).

            Senior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) will also compete on Saturday (3:45 p.m. PST) in the javelin.

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