Dostie Wins 400m Hurdles at ECAC Division III Championships
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) won the 400-meter hurdles on Friday during the final day of competition at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships held at Springfield College.
Dostie took the top spot on the podium in the 400 hurdles with her career-best time of 1 minute, 0.96 seconds. Earlier in the afternoon, Dostie finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.91 seconds. On Thursday, Dostie combined with juniors Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) and Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine), and sophomore Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat), to finish second in the 4 x 400-meter relay with their school record time of 3:53.28.
Sophomore Ashley Belanger (Biddeford, Maine) earned All-ECAC honors in the shot put with an eighth-place finish after throwing the shot 12.66 meters (41-6 ½). Junior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) finished 11th with her throw of 12.40 meters (40-8 ¼).
Kirk added an All-ECAC citation to her resume in the 200 meters running a time of 25.53 seconds to finish eighth. Kirk also set a school record in the 100-meter trials on Thursday flashing across the line in 12.30 seconds.
Damron posted a time of 2:16.40 in the 800 meters on Friday to finish 13th. Sophomore Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) equaled her career-best in the pole vault clearing 3.42 meters (11-2 ½).
Paced by Dostie, the Huskies scored 26 points to earn a top ten finish coming home in ninth place among the 56 teams that scored in the meet. M.I.T. won the team title with 64 points. Ithaca College was runner-up with 59.50 points, followed by St. Lawrence University with 45.50, Rowan University with 44 and Geneseo State with 33.
Southern Maine competitors will await the announcement of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Field this weekend.