Seniors Stellar Careers Come to a Close
WAVERLY, Iowa -- The stellar collegiate track and field careers of University of Southern Maine seniors Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) came to a close Friday during the second of day competition at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The championships are being hosted at Wartburg College.
Racing for the final time, Dostie competed in the 100-meter hurdles turning in the 14th quickest time of 14.56 seconds in the prelims. Kirk posted the 18th fastest time in the 100-meter dash prelims at 12.19 seconds. The eight fastest competitors in each event advanced to tomorrow's final.
During the first day of competition on Thursday, the 4 x 100-meter relay combination of Kirk, freshman Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine), junior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and Dostie turned in a time of 47.35 seconds to eclipse their seven-day old record time of 47.62 set at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week. The Huskies' time was the ninth quickest among the teams competing.
In individual competition, Dostie raced in the 400-meter hurdles preliminary round posting a time of 1:01.94. Kirk competed in the 200-meter preliminaries coming home with a time of 25.09 seconds. Dostie and the relay missed moving on to the finals on Saturday by just one one-hundredth of a second.
Junior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy), competing in her first NCAA championship in the pole vault, cleared 3.75 meters (12-3 ½) to finish 15th overall.
The NCAA championships conclude the 2016 season for the Huskies.