Kirk Sets Two School Records, 4x100 Breaks Record
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Led by seniors Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) and Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle), the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team earned its best-ever finish at the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) Outdoor Championships held Friday and Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University.
The Huskies scored 21.50 points during the two-day meet to finish in 14th place overall. The NEICAAA meet includes athletes from NCAA Division I, II and III schools in the six-state region. The 14th-place finish surpassed the Huskies' previous best finish of a tie for 18th place in 2005.
Kirk and Dostie combined with freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) and junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt Ararat) to run a school-record time of 47.91 seconds in the 4 x 100-meter relay to finish sixth.
Just over an hour later, Dostie returned to the track for the 100-meter hurdles final and placed fourth with a time of 14.32 seconds. Dostie qualified for the final with her school record time of 14.07 seconds in Friday's trials.
In the 100-meter dash final, Kirk raced down the track in 12.02 seconds to finish fifth. Kirk's time broke her day-old school-record time of 12.14 seconds set Friday in the trials. Not done yet, Kirk returned an hour later to finish third in the 200 meters, again breaking her day-old school record, with her time of 24.53.
In the field events, junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) tied for fifth place in the pole vault by clearing 3.55 meters (11-7 ¾).
Other Huskies competing in the meet included junior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas) in the 100-meter hurdle trials (15.82), sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) in the triple jump (10.93 meters/35-10 ½) and junior Jasmine Boyle (Brunswick, Maine) in the 800 meters (2;21.84). Kendall also competed in the 100-meter dash trials (12.72) and O'Neal ran in the 400-meter hurdles trials (1:05.08) on Friday.
Northeastern University won the team title scoring 140 points. The University of Rhode Island finished second with 92.60 points, followed by Southern Connecticut with 67, Sacred Heart University with 51 and MIT with 46.
The Huskies will finish the outdoor regular season this coming Wednesday and Thursday at the ECAC Division III Championships being held at Westfield (Mass.) State University.