DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The University of Southern Maine women's track and field team concluded its Florida training swing by finishing sixth among 14 teams competing Friday and Saturday at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University Spike's Classic.
The Huskies amassed 51 points over the two days. Williams College finished atop the standings with 150 points. Host Embry-Riddle was second with 91 points.
Sophomore Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) had the best finish by a USM competitor taking second place in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 16.79 seconds in the final. Damron qualified for the finals with a time of 16.28 in the trials on Friday. Damron also raced to a fifth-place finish in the 1500 with her time of 4:54.52, and a fourth place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.91. Damron met New England Division III Championships qualifying standards in the 100 and 400 hurdles
Freshman Liz O'Neal (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) also scored in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. O'Neal finished sixth in the 100 hurdles with her time of 16.90, and eighth in the 400 hurdles with her time of 1:10.83.
Sophomore Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) raced to a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash flashing across the finish line in 12.91 seconds. Kirk's time of 12.56 seconds in the trials on Friday met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III, ECAC Division III, and NEICAAA New England Championships next month.
Junior Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) added two points to the Huskies total with her seventh-place finish in the 400 meters. Whitaker had a time of 1:01.72.
In the field events, sophomores Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) and Molly Shannon (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put. Sodders had a throw of 11.04 (36-3) and Shannon had a mark of 10.79 meters (35-5).
Freshman Jessie Vander (Boothbay, Maine/Boothbay Region) led three USM scorers in the hammer throw with a fourth-place mark of 38.48 meters (126-3). Freshman Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) was one spot back with her throw of 37.97 meters (124-7), and Melissa Bell (Portland, Maine/Deering) finished seventh with a throw of 34.59 meters (113-6).
Rookie Natasha Wallace (Pittsfield, Maine/MCI) had a fourth-place result in the javelin with a throw of 31.35 meters (102-10).
Southern Maine will be back competing next Saturday at the Brown University Invitational.