Kirk Set 100-Meter Mark; Gibeault Equals Pole Vault
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Senior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) broke the school record in the 100 meters and junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) equaled the pole vault mark Friday to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team's performance during the first day of competition at the ERAU (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Spikes Classic.
Kirk eclipsed her previous school standard in the 100-meter dash when she flashed across the finish line in 12.17 seconds. Her time was the seventh quickest overall and advances her to Saturday's final. Kirk also advanced to the finals in the 200 meters with her time of 25.08 seconds in Friday's trials.
Gibeault equaled the school outdoor record in the pole vault when she cleared 3.66 meters (12-0) to finish second. Gibeault tied the previous record set by Bethany Dumas on April 17, 2010. Gibeault's height was 17 centimeters better than her previous career best outdoors of 3.49 meters (11-5 ½).
Senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had a big day breaking the 18-foot barrier in the long jump and qualifying for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Dostie finished third in the long jump with a career best mark of 5.52 meters (18-1 ½), and posted the seventh best time in the 100-meter hurdles trials with her time of 14.71 seconds.
Senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her time of 11:23.31. Classmate Brooke Davis (Clarendon, Vt./Mill River Union) finished 11th in the 5,000 meters with a career best time of 18:50.61.
Other strong performances were turned in by freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) in the 100 meters and 200 meters with her times of 12.63 and 26.09 seconds, respectively; junior Jasmine Boyle (Brunswick, Maine) in the 1500 meters with a career best 4:54.24 to place 11th overall; junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in the 100-meter hurdles with her personal best time of 15.66 to qualify for the finals; and senior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) who placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 12.27 meters (40-3 ¼).
Through eight events, Southern Maine was in second place among the 18 teams that scored with 39 points. Bethune-Cookman leads the meet with 55 points. Competition resumes Saturday morning.