Belanger Breaks Own School Record in Shot Put
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Three members of the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team earned individual All-New England honors Saturday competing at the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at M.I.T. The meet features competitors from all three NCAA divisions.
Sophomore Ashley Belanger (Biddeford, Maine) broke her school record in the shot put by more than 10 inches Saturday with a throw of 12.92 meters (42-4 ¾) to finish seventh overall. Junior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) placed ninth with a personal best mark of 12.43 meters (40-9 ½).
A day after setting school records in the 100 (12.34 seconds) and 200 meters (25.03 seconds), junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) finished seventh in the 200-meter final with her time of 25.19 seconds.
Senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) was the highest finishing USM competitor placing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Dostie ran a time of 1:02.81 in the final on Saturday.
Belanger, Kirk and Dostie earned All-New England honors by placing among the top eight finishers.
Kirk and Dostie also combined with junior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) and sophomore Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) to finish eighth in the 4 x 400-meter relay. The quartet finished with a time of 3:53.56.
Also on Saturday, Damron ran a 2:15.78 in the 800 meters; sophomore Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) cleared 3.40 meters (11-1 ¾) in the pole vault; and the 4 x 100 relay combination of Kirk, O'Neal, junior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and Dostie ran the second quickest time in school history covering the distance in 49.10 seconds.
Southern Maine tallied nine points in the meet to finish in a tie for 24th place among the 41 teams that scored in the meet. Southern Connecticut State University won the event with 72 points. Meet host M.I.T. was runner-up with 68 points, and the University of New Haven and Boston College tied for third with 63.
The Huskies will close the regular season next Thursday and Friday competing at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Springfield College.