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Southern Maine Sets Two School Records at NE D3 Championships

Sophomore Ashley Belanger set the school record outdoors in the shot put at the New England Division III Championships.
Sophomore Ashley Belanger set the school record outdoors in the shot put at the New England Division III Championships.

Southern Maine Sets Two School Records at NE D3 Championships

            CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team set two school records and equaled a third en route to a seventh-place finish at the New England Division III Championships held Friday and Saturday at M.I.T.

            The Huskies scored 36 points to place seventh among the 31 teams that scored in the meet.  Host M.I.T. won the team title with 180 points.  Williams College was runner-up with 89 points, followed by Tufts University with 63.50, W.P.I. with 47 and Bowdoin College with 40.

            Sophomore Ashley Belanger (Biddeford, Maine), junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) set school records, and the 4 x 100-meter relay equaled the school record it set last weekend.  Belanger placed third in the shot put with her record throw of 12.66 meters (41-6 ½), breaking the previous record of 12.61 meters (41-4 ½) set by Jennifer Durham in May 2013.  Kirk broke her own school record in the 100-meter dash flashing across the line in 12.41 seconds to finish fourth.  Kirk also placed third in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 25.27 seconds.

            The 4 x 100 relay quartet of Kirk, sophomore Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat), junior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) matched the school record with their sixth-place time of 48.73 seconds.

            Dostie also finished third in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:02.38, and anchored the 4 x 400-meter relay that placed second with its time of 3:56.43.  Dostie's 400 hurdles time moved her to 10th place in the latest national rankings.

            Junior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) earned Division III All-New England honors (top eight) in the shot put finishing seventh with her career best throw outdoors of 12.34 meters (40-6).

            Sophomore Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) had a personal best outdoors in the pole vault clearing 3.42 meters (11-2 ½).  Junior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) posted a career best outdoors in the 1500 meters with her time of 4:43.09.  For the second straight week, junior Brooke Davis (Clarendon, Vt.) had a personal best time of 11:39.21 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

            Southern Maine will send qualified competitors to the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) "Open" New England Championships next Friday and Saturday at Boston University. 

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