Southern Maine Wins 16th Consecutive LEC Championship
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team continued its dominance in the Little East Conference by winning its 16th consecutive championship Saturday at the annual LEC and New England Alliance Championships Meet held at Fitchburg State University.
The Huskies took the team title by scoring 203 points. USM scored in every individual event and won the only relay it ran. Keene State College was runner-up with 124 points followed by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in third with 111.
Senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had another big day for the Huskies winning three individual titles and anchoring the winning 4 x 100-meter relay. Dostie won the 110-meter hurdles with a meet record time of 14.67 seconds, the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:03.70, and the high jump with a personal best outdoors of 1.59 meters (5-2 ½). Dostie has swept the 100 and 400 hurdles the last three years. She also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 5.23 meters (17-2).
The 4 x 100 relay quartet of junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine), sophomore Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat), junior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and Dostie set the school record for the second straight week turning in a time of 48.73 seconds.
Kirk won the 100 meters with her time of 12.76 seconds and was second in the 200 crossing the line in 26.06. O'Neal was second to Dostie in the 100 and 400 hurdles with personal best times of 15.98 and 1:07.25.
Other winners on the track included senior Tayla Robbins (Raymond, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) in the 10,000 meters with her time of 41:37.07, and junior Brooke Davis (Clarendon, Vt.) who took the top spot on the podium in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best time of 11:42.46.
In the field events, winners included sophomores Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) and Ashley Belanger (Biddeford, Maine) and junior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain). Gibeault soared over the bar at 3.27 meters (10-8 ¾) to win the pole vault. Belanger set the meet record in the shot put with her winning mark of 12.49 meters (40-11 ¾). Sodders took the top spot in the discus with her throw of 34.39 meters (112-10). Sodders also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 11.62 meters (38-1 ½) and fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 37.13 meters (121-10).
Other notable performances for the Huskies were turned in by junior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) who took second place in the 800 and 1500 meters. Damron covered the 800 in 2:22.56 and the 1500 in 4:50.17. Senior Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) was third in the 800 with her time of 2:23.91 and fourth in the 1500 with a time of 5:01.19. Senior Melissa Bell (Portland, Maine/Deering) was second in the discus with a throw of 33.86 meters (111-1).
Also earning third-place finishes were freshman Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) in the triple jump with a mark of 10.59 meters (34-9), sophomore Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) in the hammer throw with a toss of 39.18 meters (128-6) and junior Natasha Wallace (Pittsfield, Maine/MCI) in the javelin with a throw of 30.97 meters (101-7).
In addition to the LEC title, the Huskies won their second straight, and 14th since 2000, New England Alliance title. The Huskies scored 145 points to outdistance Westfield State University and Bridgewater State University, which tied for second with 108.50 points, and Worcester State University with 103 points.
Southern Maine will send qualified competitors to the New England Division III Championships next Friday and Saturday at M.I.T.