The USM women’s track and field team continued part of yet another tremendous season as they placed third at the State of Maine Indoor Track and Field Championships held last Friday night at the Costello Sports Complex in Gorham.
Bowdoin College of Brunswick was crowned champions for the third year in a row as they scored 203 points, and Colby came in as the runner up with 157. The Huskies totaled 116 points on the day, and Bates College finished with 104.
The Huskies used the field events to score a bulk of their points, including a combined 15 points in the weight throw and the shot put. Sophomore Jen Durham (Doylsetown, PA) led the throwers, finishing second in the shot put with a toss of 37 feet 5 1/4 inches. Her teammate, junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, NH), came in second in the weight throw with a distance of 48 feet 5 1/2 inches. Patterson also scored a point in the shot put, and Durham scored a point in the weight throw, as they showcased their versatility in both events.
USM also had a good showing in the jumping events. Sophomore Christina Massey (Winslow) turned in two second-place finishes in the long and high jumps with leaps of 17 feet 3 1/2 inches in the long and 4 feet 11 3/4 inches in the high. Huskies’ freshman Lynn Fleming (Waterville) also finished strong by earning a second place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet 1 3/4 inches.
Junior Bethany Dumas (Augusta) stood out in the meet as well, posting a second place finish in the pole vault by clearing 11 feet 1 inch, and earned two fourth place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles and the 400 meters with times of 8.92 and 1:02.67.
The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 12 when they will attempt to win their 11th straight Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship at the Costello Sports Complex in Gorham at noon.