Kirk Named LEC Track Athlete of the Week
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced its weekly awards program for women's outdoor track and field Monday afternoon and University of Southern Maine junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) was among the recipients. Kirk was selected Track Athlete of the Week outdoors for the first time in her career.
Competing at the New England Division III Championships held at M.I.T., Kirk scored in two individual events and was a member of two scoring relays.
On Friday, Kirk won her 100-meter trials heat with a time of 12.49 seconds. In the final on Saturday, she finished fourth setting the school record with her time of 12.41 seconds. She carved three one-hundredths of a second off her previous record time set a year ago. Kirk came back later in the day Saturday to finish third in the 200 meters with a time of 25.27 seconds.
Kirk ran the opening leg for the Huskies 4 x 100-meter relay that finished sixth, equaling the school record with a time of 48.73 seconds. Kirk concluded her day running the opening leg for the Huskies' second-place 4 x 400-meter relay that combined for a time of 3:56.43.
Helped by Kirk's 11 individual points (and 11 relay points), the Huskies scored 36 points to finish seventh among the 31 scoring teams. 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.
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.