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USM Sending Five Women to the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Championships

Five members of the USM women's track & field team - (left to right) Heather Kendall, Peyton Dostie, Molly Gibeault, Nicole Kirk and Liz O'Neal - are headed to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.
Five members of the USM women's track & field team - (left to right) Heather Kendall, Peyton Dostie, Molly Gibeault, Nicole Kirk and Liz O'Neal - are headed to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

Competition at Wartburg College Starts Thursday

            GORHAM, Maine -- Five members of the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team will journey to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, this coming week (May 26-28) to compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships.

            Representing USM will be seniors Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine), juniors Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) and Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat), and freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine).

            Dostie will compete in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles while Kirk races in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.  Gibeault is among the 22 competitors for the pole vault.  Kirk and Dostie will join Kendall and O'Neal to run in the 4 x 100-meter relay.  All five will be in competition on the first day.

            Dostie, an All-American and the national runner-up in the 400 hurdles last year, will run in the 400 hurdles prelim (5:15 p.m. EDT) while Kirk races in the 200-meter prelims (5:45 p.m. EDT).  The 4 x 100 relay is the opening event on the track (4:15 p.m. EDT).  Gibeault will compete in the pole vault (5:00 p.m. EDT).

            Kirk and Dostie will run their preliminary races for the 100-meter dash (6:30 p.m. EDT) and 100-meter hurdles (5:30 p.m. EDT), respectively, on Friday.

            Finals for all the track events will be on Saturday.

            Dostie is the sixth seed for the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.07 seconds run in the trials at the NEICAAA New England Championships.  She made the field as the third seed in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:00.74 en route to winning the ECAC Division III Championships this past week.

            Making her first trip to the outdoor championships, Kirk is the 13th seed in the 100-meter dash based upon her time of 12.02 seconds in the finals at the NEICAAA meet.  Kirk made the 200 field as the ninth seed with a time of 24.53 seconds at the NEICAAA meet.

            Gibeault, making her first-ever trip to an NCAA championships meet, cleared a school record 3.76 meters (12-4) at the ECAC Championships to earn the 17th seed among the 22 competitors.

            The first USM relay to qualify for the outdoor championships, the foursome qualified on their school record time of 47.62 seconds run at the ECAC Championships.  The 16 teams that made the field are separated by just one second. 

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