BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team finished fourth among the seven teams competing Saturday at the annual Aloha Relays held at Bowdoin College.
The Huskies tallied 89.50 points to place fourth behind meet winner Colby College, Bowdoin and Bates College. Colby edged Bowdoin, 164.50-164, for the top spot with Bates scoring 150.
Leading the Huskies with two first-place finishes was junior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle). Dostie won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.30 seconds, and the 400-meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in 1:06.01. In field events, Dostie tied for sixth in the high jump clearing 1.42m (4-7 ¾) and was fifth in the triple jump leaping 9.91 meters (32-6 ¼) in her only attempt.
Sophomore Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) led the Huskies to a 1-2 finish in the shot put with a career-best throw outdoors of 11.34 meters (37-2 ½). Classmate Molly Shannon (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was second with a throw of 10.72 meters (35-2). Freshman Natasha Wallace (Pittsfield, Maine/MCI) was sixth with a mark of 9.88 meters (32.5).
On the track, sophomore Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) had a pair of second-place finishes. Kirk took the runner-up spot in the 200 meters with her time of 25.84 seconds, and in the 400 meters with a time of 59.50. Kirk's 200-meter time was a season best, and her time in the 400 met the qualifying standard for next month's New England Division III Championships.
Junior Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) also met the NE Division III standard in the 400 meters with her fifth-place time of 1:00.51. Junior Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:24.17.
In other field events, rookie Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) was second after clearing 3.18 meters (10-5 ¼). Rookie Melissa Bell (Portland, Maine/Deering) was third in the discus with her NE Division III meet qualifying mark of 33.68 meters (110-6). Sodders had fifth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 32.50 meters (106-7).
The Aloha Relays was the final tune-up for the Huskies before next Saturday's Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships being held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.