Southern Maine Third at State Championships
GORHAM, Maine -- On the strength of their performances in the field events, the University of Southern Maine women's indoor track and field team finished third at the annual State of Maine Indoor Track and Field Championships held Friday evening at the Costello Sports Complex field house.
Bowdoin College claimed its third straight team title amassing 203 points to outdistance runner up Colby College by 46 points. Southern Maine tallied 116 points, and Bates College was fourth with 104.
The Huskies scored 15 points in both the shot put and weight throw. Sophomore Jen Durham (Doylestown, Pa.) led the way in the shot finishing second with a throw of 11.41 meters (37 feet, 5 1/4 inches). Junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) was second in the weight throw with a heave of 14.77 meters (48-5 1/2). Seniors Rachael Fisk (Kennebunk, Maine) and Vanessa Baird (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine) scored in both events. Patterson also picked up a point in the shot, and Durham garnered a point in the weight.
Sophomore Christina Massey (Winslow, Maine) and freshman Lynn Fleming (Waterville, Maine) led the jumpers as each earned a second-place finish. Massey was second in the long jump with a mark of 5.27 meters (17-3 1/2), and tied for second place in the high jump clearing 1.52 meters (4-11 3/4). Fleming posted the second-best effort in the triple jump with a leap of 10.71 meters (35-1 3/4). Fleming also was third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.82)
Junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) had a second-place finish in the pole vault, and two fourth-place results. Dumas and Brittany Reardon of Colby each cleared 3.38 meters (11-1) in the pole vault with Reardon winning the title on fewer misses. Dumas had fourth place results in the 55-meter hurdles (8.92) and 400 meters (1:02.67).
Other notable performances were turned in by sophomore Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) and senior Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic) in the 600 meters with their times of 1:40.76 and 1:42.16 to place third and fourth, respectively.
Southern Maine will be the host site for next weekend's Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships.