Two School Records Set in Day One of ECAC Championships
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team set two school records Thursday during the first day of competition at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Springfield College.
Junior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) eclipsed her school record in the 100-meter dash for the third straight week crossing the finish line in 12.30 seconds. Her time took another four one-hundredths of a second off the record she set last weekend at the NEICAAA New England Championships, and was ninth quickest overall on the day.
Kirk combined later with junior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine), sophomore Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) to break the record in 4 x 400-meter relay as the quartet finished in a time of 3:53.28 to place second overall.
Dostie qualified for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles after she won her heat with the fourth quickest time in the trials. Dostie posted a time of 14.63 seconds in her trials race, just one one-hundredth of a second off her school record.
The Huskies have eight points after the first day of competition to be in a five-way tie for 13th place among the 35 teams that scored in the opening day. Rowan University leads the meet with 34 points. M.I.T. is in the second spot with 29 followed by Wellesley College with 24 and Geneseo State with 23.
Competition resumes Friday.