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Southern Maine Finishes 12th at New England Division III Championships

Senior Jennifer Durham set the school record in the discus Saturday en route to a second-place finish at the New England Division III Championships. Durham also placed seventh in the shot put to earn Division III All-New England honors in both events.
Senior Jennifer Durham set the school record in the discus Saturday en route to a second-place finish at the New England Division III Championships. Durham also placed seventh in the shot put to earn Division III All-New England honors in both events.

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- Senior Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) set the school record in the discus Saturday en route to a second-place finish as the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team finished 12th among 27 teams at the New England Division III Championships held at Colby College.

            Durham threw the discus 42.40 meters (139-1) to break the previous record of 42.31 meters (138-10) set by Hannah Patterson at the ECAC Division III Championships in May 2011.  Durham was runner-up to Kelly Allen of Tufts University who set a meet record with her throw of 49.52 meters (162-6).

            Durham also earned Division III All-New England honors in the shot put with a seventh-place finish.  Durham had a mark of 12.05 meters (39-6 ½).

            Sophomore Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had the Huskies best finish on the track placing third in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of one minute, 2.82 seconds.  Senior Molly Carl (York, Maine) finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase crossing the line in a season-best time of 11:13.04.

            Freshman Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) finished fifth in the 400 meters with her time of 58.18 seconds.  The rookie sprinter just missed a scoring position (top eight) in the 200 meters with her 10th-place time of 26.24.

            Kirk also ran the opening leg of the Huskies 4 x 400-meter relay that accounted for the Huskies final point with its eighth-place finish.  Kirk combined with sophomores Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy), Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) and Dostie to trip the timer in 4:03.10.

            Panciera and Whitaker also had personal-best individual performances in the 800 and 400 meters, respectively.  Panciera posted a time of 2:20.41 in the 800 while Whitaker crossed the line in 1:00.02 in the 400.

            Southern Maine scored 26 points to finish 12th among the 27 teams that scored in the meet.  M.I.T. won the team title with 126.50 points.  Tufts University was second with 93 points followed by host Colby with 78 and Williams College with 75.

            The Huskies will send qualified competitors to the NEIcAAA New England Championships next Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) at Stonehill College.

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