Southern Maine Wins 14th Consecutive LEC Title
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Paced by two wins apiece from senior Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) and sophomore Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle), the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track won its 14th consecutive Little East Conference championship Saturday edging rival Keene State College to two points. The meet was part of the New England Alliance Championships held at Bridgewater State University.
Southern Maine took the title with 158 points while Keene State finished second with 156. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was third in the six-team field with 101 points.
Durham won titles in the shot put and discus while Dostie took the top spot in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Seniors Molly Carl (York, Maine) and Caitlin Miller (Pepperell, Mass./North Middlesex) won the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races.
Durham won the shot put with a throw of 11.63 meters (38-2) and the discus with a mark of 39.52 meters (129-8) to earn the first LEC titles of her career. Durham also added a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 35.25 meters (115-8).
Dostie was atop the podium in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.99 seconds and 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.01. Dostie also earned scoring results in three field events placing third in the high jump clearing an outdoor best 1.55 meters (5-1), and the long jump with a season best leap of 5.29 meters (17-4 ¼). Dostie was fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.42 meters (34-2 ¼).
Carl won the 5,000 crossing the line in 18:44.90 while Miller defended her 10,000 title with a season best time of 40:19.29. Carl also turned in a second-place performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finishing in a time of 11:26.82.
Freshman Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) had third-place finishes in the 200 (25.98) and the 400 meters with a school record time of 57.67. Junior Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) posted a third-place finish in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:59.86 and was runner-up to Carl in the 5,000 with her time of 18:56.55.
The Huskies will travel to the New England Division III Championships next Friday and Saturday (May 3-4) at Colby College.