Gibeault, Dostie Win Individual Titles
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field team equaled its best finish in program history placing third among the 31 scoring teams at the 2016 New England Division III Outdoor Championships held Friday and Saturday at Springfield College.
The Huskies had six individuals and two relays score to amass a total of 59 points. MIT won the team title scoring 123.50 points with Williams College in the runner-up spot with 86.50 points. Middlebury College and the University of Massachusetts Boston round out the top five with 50 and 46 points, respectively.
The third-place finish by the Huskies equaled the 2005 team's finish, and is the team's ninth top-ten finish since 2001.
Senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added another title to her resume on Saturday winning the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 1:01.21. Classmate Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) scored in two events finishing second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.36 seconds, and third in the 200 meters at 25.13.
Senior Brooke Davis (Clarendon, Vt./Mill River Union) finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 11:26.36. Davis' time met the qualifying standard for next weekend's NEICAAA New England Championships.
The Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay set the school record with their time of 48.42 to place third. The 4 x 400-meter relay also finished third with a time of 3:55.96.
In the field events, junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) won the pole vault clearing 3.50 meters (11-5 ¾). Senior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) was runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 12.68m (41-7 ¼), and sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) finished seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 10.91 meters (35-9 ½).
Other notable performances included junior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) who had a personal best mark of 44.29 meters (145-4) in the hammer throw on Friday to finish in 10th place, junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) who placed ninth in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:05.62, and freshman Nicole Nicholls (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) who tied for 10th place in the high jump with a height of 1.54 meters (5-0 ½).
Qualified USM competitors will travel to Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, Conn.) next Friday and Saturday (May 13-14) for the NEICAAA New England Championships.