SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Two school records fell Saturday highlighting the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's performance at the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Springfield College.
Sophomore Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) broke the school record in the 800 meters with her fourth-place finishing time of two minutes, 15.66 seconds. Damron broke the previous record time of 2:16.75 set by Molly Carl in April 2011.
Damron was also part of the Huskies' record setting 4x400-meter relay team that finished third with their combined time of 3:58.33. Damron combined with sophomore Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) and juniors Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) and Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) to break the previous record time of 3:58.54 set in 2013.
Dostie also earned Division III All-New England honors (top-eight finish) in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Dostie was seventh in the 100 hurdles with her time of 15.05 seconds, and 400 hurdles crossing the line in 1:03..46.
Kirk just missed Division III All-New England honors in the 200 meters after she finished ninth with a personal best time of 25.57 seconds.
In the field events, sophomore Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) placed fifth in the shot put with a career best throw outdoors of 11.78 meters (38-7 ¾). Freshman Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) was 11th in the pole vault clearing a personal best 3.27 meters (10-8 ¾).
The Huskies scored 22 points to place 14th among the 33 teams scoring at the meet. M.I.T. won the team title scoring 132 points. Williams College was runner-up with 85 points, followed by Tufts University with 50, Middlebury College with 47 and Bates College with 45.
Southern Maine will send qualified competitors next weekend to the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championships at Westfield State University.