Kirk Sets School Record in 400m at Season Opener
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough. Maine) broke the school record in the 400 meters to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's performance Friday at the Huskies' season-opening University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational. The meet, which features competitors from NCAA Division I II and III schools and post-collegiate athletes, is a non team-scoring event.
Three other USM competitors, senior Brooke Davis (Clarendon, Vt./Mill River Union), junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) and sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine), had outdoor personal bests on in the steeplechase, pole vault and triple jump, respectively, on Friday. In her first collegiate outdoor event, freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) earned a spot on the Huskies'' all-time top ten list in the 100 meters.
Kirk clipped 31 one-hundredths of a second off her previous 400-meter record posting a time of 57.36 seconds, the 10th quickest overall. Kirk's time met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships, the NEICAAA New England Championships and the ECAC Division III Championships in May.
Running her first 3,000-meter steeplechase of the season, Davis turned in a personal best time of 11:37.69. Gibeault cleared a personal outdoor best of 3.50 meters (11-5 ¾) in the pole vault, while Ingram had an outdoor best 10.68 meters (35-0 ½) in the triple jump.
Kendall moved into the eighth spot on the Huskies' all-time 100-meer list with her time of 13.02 seconds.
Senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle), the NCAA Division III indoor pentathlon champion, competed in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Dostie met the New England Division III and ECAC Division III Championships standards for both events. Dostie had a time of 15.06 seconds in the 100 hurdles, and 1:03.35 in the 400 hurdles. Junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) met the NE Division III standards in the 100 and 400 hurdles with her times of 16.60 and 1:07.33 respectively.
Senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) met the qualifying standards for the New England Division III Championships in 800 and 1500 meters. Damron had times of 2:17.39 in the 800 meters and 4:49.18 in the 1500.
The Huskies will spend spring break training in Florida and compete in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University (ERAU) Spike's Classic on April 1-2 before returning home.