USM Women Receive LEC Weekly Honors
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced its first weekly awards for the 2016 women's outdoor track and field season Monday afternoon with the University of Southern Maine collecting three of the five honors.
Junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) was named the Field Athlete of the Week while freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) is the recipient of the Rookie Track Athlete of the Week. The Huskies 4 x 100-meter relay quartet of senior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine), junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and seniors Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) was picked for the Relay of the Week honor.
Competing at the ERAU (Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University) Spikes Classic this past weekend, Gibeault equaled the school record in the pole clearing 3.66 meters (12-0) en route to a second-place finish. Gibeault matched the record set by Bethany Dumas in April 2010. Her height met the qualifying standards for the New England Division III, NEICAAA New England and ECAC Division III Championship meets in May.
On the track, Kendall had an impressive showing in the 100 and 200 meters. In the 100, Kendall had a time of 12.63 seconds in the preliminary round that qualified her for the New England Division III and the ECAC Division III meets. In the 200, Kendall had a time of 26.09 seconds to meet the New England Division III standard.
The relay combined for a third-place time of 49.90 seconds that eclipses the ECAC Division III meet-qualifying standard.
Southern Maine finished fourth among the 26 teams compiling 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 Huskies are back in action this coming Saturday at the Bowdoin College Invitational.