Gibeault, 4x100 Relay Set School Records
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) won the 400-meter hurdles Thursday to highlight the Huskies' performance in the final day of competition at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships held at Westfield State University.
Dostie won the 400 hurdles for the second straight year with her time of 1:00.74. Dostie's time is the second fastest in school history, exceeded only by her school record time of 1:00.13 run last spring at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Earlier in the day, Dostie ran the anchor leg for the Huskies' school record setting 4 x 100-meter relay. Dostie combined with senior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine), freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) and junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) to post a time of 47.62 seconds, good for a fourth-place finish. That time moved the relay into the top 16 on the unofficial NCAA Division III performance list and into the field for the NCAA national championship.
Senior Sabrina Sodders (Alstead, N.H./Fall Mountain) finished her collegiate career earning All-ECAC honors (top eight) in the shot put with her seventh-place finish. Sodders posted a mark of 12.63 meters (41-5 ¼) on her second attempt.
During the first day of competition on Wednesday, junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) broke her school record in the pole vault when she cleared 3.76 meters (12-4) to tie for third place. Gibeault's height moved her into the top 20 on the NCAA performance list and a spot at the NCAA Division III National Championships. The final field for the NCAA meet will be announced on Saturday.
Sophomore Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) earned All-ECAC honors by finishing seventh in the triple jump with a career best leap of 11.26 meters (36-11 ½). Ingram's big jump came on her final attempt and vaulted her up two spots in the standings.
Junior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) competed in the hammer throw posting a career-best mark 44.86 meters (147-2). Classmate Jasmine Boyle (Brunswick, Maine) was within a second of her career best in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:48.08. Junior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas) ran in the 100-meter hurdle trials on Wednesday turning in a time of 15.43 seconds. O'Neal also competed in the 400 hurdles running a time of 1:05.48.
Led by Dostie, the Huskies tallied 24.50 points to finish 12th among the 60 teams that scored in the meet. Rowan University won the team title with 61 points. Ithaca College was the runner-up with 57.50 points. Rounding out the top five were Bates College with 47 points, the University of Rochester with 36 and Misericordia University with 32.
Dostie, Kirk, Gibeault and the 4 x 100 relay are expected to be among the competitors in the field for the NCAA Division III National Championships on May 26-28. The official field will be announced on Saturday.