Southern Maine Finishes Fourth at ERAU Spikes Classic
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The University of Southern Maine women's track and field team concluded its spring Florida swing with an impressive fourth-place finish at the ERAU (Embry Riddell Aeronautical University) Spikes Classic.
The Huskies compiled 92.50 points during the two-day event. Bethune-Cookman University took the team title with 206 points, followed by host Embry Riddle with 104 and University of North Florida with 97.
The senior duo of Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) set schools records, and junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) tied another during the meet. Dostie lowered her record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.57 seconds en route to a fourth-place finish in the finals. Kirk eclipsed her standard in the 100-meter dash by 13 one-hundredths of a second with her time of 12.17 in Friday's trials. Kirk was sixth in the finals with her time of 12.25. Gibeault equaled the pole vault mark set by Bethany Dumas in April 2010 clearing 12-0 (3.66 meters) to finish second.
Senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) was the winner of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday with her time of 11:23.31.
In the field events, Dostie cracked the 18-foot barrier in the long jump for the first time in her career with a jump of 5.52 meters (18-1 ½) to finish third. Freshman Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) was sixth with her best jump of 5.06 meters (16-7 ¼).
The Huskies scored valuable points in the discus with senior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) and junior Melissa Bell (Portland, Maine/Deering) finished fourth and fifth respectively. Sodders had a best mark of 31.75 meters (104-2) and Bell's best throw was 31.61 meters (103-8).
Junior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) combined with Sodders and Bell to score in the hammer throw. Pina was fifth with a throw of 36.59 meters (120-0) followed by Sodders in sixth with a throw of 35.56 meters (116-8) and Bell in eighth with a mark of 33.76 meters (110-9).
Sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.56 meters (34-7 ¾).
During the two-day meet, nine Southern Maine competitors met qualifying standards for next month's New England Division III Championships. Freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) was among the nine meeting the qualifying standards for the 100 and 200 meters. The Huskies 4 x 100 relay combination of Kirk, junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat), senior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and Dostie met the ECAC Division III Championships qualifying standard with their combined time of 49.90 seconds.
The Huskies are back in action this coming Saturday at the Bowdoin College Invitational.