Three USM Athletes Honored by the Little East Conference
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference today announced that three members of the University of Southern Maine women's indoor track and field teams have been selected for weekly accolades for their performances this past weekend at the Bates College Invitational.
Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) was named the Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this winter. Junior Christina Massey (Winslow, Maine) was picked as the Field Athlete of the Week, and freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) was named the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week. Wiley's honor was her fourth of the campaign.
Competing against a very strong field in the mile, Carl ran a career best time crossing the finish line in 5 minutes, 6.95 seconds to place third. The first three scoring spots were separated by just 0.29 seconds. Carl also ran the anchor leg for the Huskies' winning 4 x 800-meter relay that combined for a time of 10:10.97. The Huskies relay time met the qualifying standard for the ECAC Division III Championships meet to be held in New York City in March.
Massey had a big afternoon finishing second in the high jump and the long jump events. Massey jumped a season-best mark in both events, leaping 5.33 meters (17-6) in the long jump and clearing a career best 1.59 meters (5-2 1/2) in the high jump. Those marks qualified her for the ECAC Division III Championships.
Wiley, competing in her first pentathlon on Friday, was fourth scoring 2,765 points. That total qualifies her for the New England Division III Championships next month. In the three field events, Wiley had a season best mark in the long jump of 5.21 meters (17-1 1/4) (617 points), leaped 1.31 meters (4-3 1/2) in the high jump (419 points) and tossed the shot 6.66 meters (21-10 1/4) (313 points). Wiley's mark in the long jump improved her New England Division III Championships seeding and met the ECAC Division III Championships qualifying standard.
The Huskies earned 113 points to finish in the top half among the eight schools competing, including the University of Maine. Division One Maine took the top spot with 241.50 points followed by host Bates with 177.50. Colby College was third with 148 points.
The Huskies will have selected competitors compete next Friday in the Terrier Classic at Boston University. The Huskies will also host the USM Invitational III on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).