WESTFIELD, Mass. -- University of Southern Maine junior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) ran the best time of her career in the 400-meter trials Friday afternoon during the first day of competition at the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Westfield (Mass.) State University.
Running in the second heat race, Dostie crossed the finish line in one minute, 2.30 seconds to secure her spot in Saturday's final. Dostie's time, the fifth quickest time of the 30 competitors who raced, eclipsed her previous career best of 1:02.62 set last year at the same meet.
Earlier on the afternoon, Dostie ran in the 100-meter hurdles trials posting a time of 15.37 seconds.
In other events Friday, sophomore Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) had a time of 12.54 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and had a career best time of 25.53 seconds in the 200-meter trials. Kirk's 200 time surpassed her previous best time of 25.57 set last Saturday at the New England Division III Championships.
Competition continues Saturday morning.