Huskies Win 17th Consecutive LEC Title
DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Paced by the senior duo of Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine), the University of Southern Maine women's track & field team swept the annual New England Alliance and Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Huskies won their 17th consecutive Little East Conference title scoring 203 points, and won their third straight, and 15th in the last 17 years, New England Alliance title with 161.50 points. The Alliance meet features schools from the Little East Conference and the Massachusetts State
Dostie won two individual Alliance titles sweeping the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, and was part of the Huskies' winning 4 x 400-meter relay. She won the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.74 seconds, and took the 400 hurdles with a season best time of 1:02.98. Dostie was the Alliance runner-up (and the LEC champion) in the high jump clearing an outdoor best 1.63 meters (5-3 ¾).
Kirk took the top spot in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.33 seconds, and was second in the 200 meters crossing the finish line in 25.37 seconds. Kirk was also a member of the winning 4 x 400 relay.
Five other Huskies took runner-up spots. Senior Brooke Davis (Clarendon, Vt./Mill River Union) was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 11:31.72. Senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) took second in the 1500 meters with her time of 4:47.63. O'Neal combined with Dostie to give USM a 1-2 finish in the 400 hurdles with her personal-best time of 1:04.58. Junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) was second (and LEC champion for the second straight year) in the pole vault clearing 3.50 meters (11-5 ¾). Senior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) was runner-up (and LEC champion for the second time in the last three years) in the shot put with a throw of 12.39 meters (40-7 ¾).
Junior Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross (Fairfield, Vt./Enosburg Falls) was third overall (and LEC champion) in the 10,000 meters with her career best time of 41:00.06. Damron added a third-place finish in the 800 meters crossing the finish line in 2:22.08. Sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) was third in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 11.13 meters (36-6 ¼).
Junior Jasmine Boyle (Brunswick, Maine) took a fourth-place finish in the 1500 with her time of 4:49.83. The 4 x 100-meter relay combination of Kirk, freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine), O'Neal and senior Deonna DaSilva (East Providence, R.I.) was fourth with a school record time of 48.72. In the field events, junior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) was fourth overall (and LEC champion) in the hammer throw with a mark of 42.07 meters (138-0), and freshman Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass.) was fourth in the pole vault clearing 2.90 meters (9-6 ¼).
Qualified USM competitors will travel to Springfield College next Friday and Saturday for the New England Division III Championships.