Dostie Named LEC Track Athlete of the Week
GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) today was named the Track Athlete of the Week by the Little East Conference in recognition of her outstanding performance this past Saturday at the annual conference championships meet held at Fitchburg State University.
Led by Dostie, the Huskies continued their dominance in the LEC by winning their 16th consecutive outdoor championship. 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.
Dostie had a big day for the Huskies winning three individual titles and anchoring the winning 4 x 100-meter relay. On the track, Dostie won the 110-meter hurdles with a meet record time of 14.67 seconds, and the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:03.70. Dostie has swept the 100 and 400-meter hurdles the last three years.
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 to capture the top spot on the podium.
In the field events, Dostie won the high jump with a personal best outdoors of 1.59 meters (5-2 ½). She also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 5.23 meters (17-2).
In addition to the LEC title, the Huskies won their second straight New England Alliance title. The Alliance title was the 14th since 2000 for the Huskies. USM 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 this Friday and Saturday at M.I.T.