Kirk, Kendall, Nicholls and 4x100 Relay Recognized
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's track and field team received four of the five weekly honors when the Little East Conference announced its weekly awards program Monday afternoon.
Senior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) was named the Track Athlete of the Week. Freshmen Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) and Nicole Nicholls (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) swept the rookie honors as Kendall was picked as the Rookie Track Athlete of the Week for the third time this spring, and Nicholls received the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week honor.
In addition to the three individual awards, the Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay team of Kirk, Kendall, senior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) and freshman Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass.) was picked as the Relay of the Week.
Competing at the annual Aloha Relays held at Bowdoin College, Kirk won the 100 and 200-meter dashes setting meet records in both events. She set the meet record in the 100 with her time of 12.33 seconds in the trials, and came back to win the event with a time of 12.40 in the finals. Kirk won the 200 meters setting meet and school records with her time of 24.82 seconds (first time breaking 25 seconds). Kirk's 200 time moved her up to 12th on the latest NCAA Division III performance list.
Kendall finished third in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200 meters. Kendall had a time of 12.87 seconds in the finals of the 100 (12.65 in the trials, second quick). She had a personal best time of 26.03 seconds in the 200. Kendall ran the second leg of the relay.
Nicholls finished fourth (on tiebreaker) in the high jump with a height of 1.53 meters (5-0 ¼). Nicholls' height met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships next month.
The Huskies' 4 x 100 relay finished second with its combined time of 49.26 seconds. That time ranks the foursome second on the school's all-time list.
Host Bowdoin edged Southern Maine for the top spot in the final team standings, 171-165. Bates College was third with 125, and Colby College was fourth with 90.
The Huskies return to competition this Saturday at the annual New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships being hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.