Southern Maine Finishes Second at Aloha Relays
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Seniors Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) combined to win six individual events and set two school records as the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team finished second among the eight teams competing at the Aloha Relays held Friday and Saturday at Bowdoin College.
On the track, Dostie won the 100-meter hurdles with a school record time of 14.41 seconds and the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:05.16. Dostie's 100 hurdles time broke her previous school record, set three weeks ago, by 16 one-hundredths of a second. In the field events, Dostie took the top spot in the high jump clearing 1.58 meters (5-2 ¼) and the long jump with a leap of 5.15 meters (16-10 ¾).
Kirk won the 100-meter dash flashing across the finish line in 12.40 seconds in the finals. Kirk had the quickest time in the preliminary round of 12.33. In the 200 meters, Kirk broke her previous school record of 25.03 seconds with her winning time of 24.82. Her 200 time moved her up to 11th on the latest NCAA Division III performance list.
Other winners included junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) in the pole vault clearing 3.51 meters (11-6 ¼) and senior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) in the shot put with a career best throw of 12.72 meters (41-8 ¾). Sodders' throw qualified her for the New England Division III, NEICAAA New England and ECAC Division III Championships next month.
Bringing home runner-up finishes were junior Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross (Fairfield, Vt./Enosburg Falls) in the 10,000 meters with a time of 43:58.23, junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:05.24, and junior Melissa Bell (Portland, Maine/Deering) in the discus with her personal-best throw of 36.29 meters (119-1).
The Huskies' 4 x 100 and 4 x 400-meters relay teams also finished second. The 4 x 100 group of Kirk, freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine), senior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and freshman Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) combined for a time of 49.26. The 4 x 400 combination of Kirk, junior Jasmine Boyle (Brunswick, Maine), O'Neal and DaSilva posted a time of 4:11.05.
Kendall and O'Neal had third-place finishes in the 100 dash and the 100 hurdles respectively. Kendall had a time of 12.87 in the finals of the dash, while O'Neal had a personal best time of 15.34 in the hurdles. Junior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) was third in the hammer throw with a career best mark of 43.92 meters (144-1). O'Neal and Pina met the qualifying standards for the New England Division III and ECAC Division III meets.
Junior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas) met the NE D3 and ECAC qualifying standard in the 100 hurdles with her fourth-place time of 15.38. Freshman Nicole Nicholls (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) was fourth in the high jump clearing 1.53 meters (5-0 ¼), and sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 5.04 meters (16-6 ½).
Host Bowdoin edged Southern Maine for the top spot, 171-165. Bates College was third with 125, and Colby College was fourth with 90.
The Huskies return to competition next Saturday at the annual New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships being hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.