Men’s and women’s outdoor track take home LEC Titles

Posted on May 01, 2011 in Sports
By jneill

Junior Bethany Dumas helped lead the way for the women's outdoor track and field team en route to their 12th straight LEC/NE Alliance title on Saturday at Fitchburg State. The men's team took home their fourth straight.
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Junior Bethany Dumas helped lead the way for the women's outdoor track and field team en route to their 12th straight LEC/NE Alliance title on Saturday at Fitchburg State. The men's team took home their fourth straight.

The USM women’s and men’s outdoor track and field teams took home some more hardware on Saturday as they won their 12th and fourth straight Little East Conference Titles, due in large part to the usual suspects: Bethany Dumas and Matt Harmon.

Dumas (Augusta) won the javelin, pole vault and the 100-meter hurdles, and Harmon (Auburn) set yet another record in the hammer throw to highlight several magnificent performances at Fitchburg State University on Saturday afternoon.

Dumas won the javelin with a throw of 135-9, the pole vault by clearing 11-8, and the 100-meter hurdles by crossing the finish line in a time of 15.74. Harmon broke his previous school record with a throw of 164-1.

Other notable performances on the day came from senior John Davis (Westbrook) who took home first place in the pole vault by clearing 15-1, junior Hannah Patterson (Londonderry, N.H.) who won the discus with a throw of 124-0, senior Hillary Hall (Waldoboro) who won the high jump by clearing 5-3, and sophomore Molly Carl (York) who swiped the top spot in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.31.

The Huskies also posted several second place finishes in the meet. Junior Tim Even (Stoneham) turned in two second place finishes in the 1500-meter and the 800-meter, sophomore Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Penn.) took second in the discus right behind Patterson with a throw of 121-9, senior Tiffany Binette (Biddeford) who came in second in the 10,000 meters, and sophomore Ariel Howes placed second in the 400-meter hurdles. Carl also took the runner-up spot in the 1500-meter and set a school record in the event with her time of 4:37.41.

Senior Erin Garvey (Haverhill, Mass.) turned in a solid day with two New England DIII Championships qualifying marks in the 800 meters and 1500 meters.

On the men’s side, senior Sean Lunsted (East Boothbay) and sophomore Ryan Storey (Cumberland) placed third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and high jump, and senior Evan Davis (Fari Haven, Vt.) finished fourth in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.

Along with the LEC Championships, the women’s team won the NE Alliance meet, and the men’s came in second in the NE Alliance meet.

Both teams will be back in action at the New England Division III Championships on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at M.I.T in Cambridge, Mass.