Senior Smashes School Record
CANTON, N.Y. -- University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) smashed the school record for the 400-meter hurdles en route to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships held this weekend at St. Lawrence University.
Running in lane three, Dostie covered the distance in a time of 1 minute, 0.13 seconds to finish second among the nine competitors in the final. Senior Marissa Mahr of the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse held off a surging Dostie to win the title with her time of 59.95 seconds.
Dostie eclipsed the previous school record time of 1:00.80 set by Hannah Wiley in May 2012, and took 0.83 seconds off her previous career best time of 1:00.96 set eight days ago at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships. Dostie qualified for Saturday's final running the fourth quickest time (1:01.45) in the preliminary round on Thursday.
With her runner-up finish, Dostie earned her second All-American citation of the year. She received her first All-American honor during the indoor season when she finished seventh in the pentathlon. Dostie is the sixth USM female track and field athlete to earn outdoor All-America honors, and the first since Bethany Dumas (javelin) and Molly Carl (3,000-meter steeplechase) in 2012.
On the strength of Dostie's eight points, Southern Maine finished in a seven-way tie for 32nd place among the 78 teams that scored in the championship.