Towle Named Regional Coach of the Year
GORHAM, Maine -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced its NCAA Division III regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2016 outdoor season with two members of the University of Southern Maine women's program - senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and veteran head coach George Towle - among the recipients.
Dostie was chosen as the Track Athlete of the Year for the New England region while Towle was tabbed as the region's Coach of the Year.
During the recently completed outdoor campaign, Dostie swept the 100 and 400-meter hurdles (in addition to winning the high and long jump) at the Aloha Relays the week prior to sweeping the two hurdle events at the annual New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships. Dostie swept the LEC 100 and 400 hurdles titles four consecutive years, and won the Alliance 400 hurdles four times.
The first weekend of May, Dostie won the 400-meter hurdles and anchored the Huskies' 4 x 100 and 4 x 400-meter relay teams that place third at the New England Division III Championships. At the NEICAAA New England Championships, Dostie set the school record in the 100 hurdles with her time of 14.07 seconds in the trials, and finished fourth in the finals. The NEICAAA meet features competitors from all three NCAA divisions in the six-state region.
Dostie closed the regular season winning the 400 hurdles title at the ECAC Division III Championships with the second fastest time in school history (1:00.74), and anchored the 4 x 100 relay to a then school record time of 47.62 seconds.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Dostie was the top ranked competitor in the New England Region in the 100 and 400 hurdles, and the 4 x 100 relay was ranked third. On the final national Division III performance list, Dostie was ranked sixth in the 100 hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles.
Dostie represented USM at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100 and 400 hurdles, and in the 4 x 100 relay (and a school record time 47.35 seconds).
Towle, in his 20th season at the head of the USM women's program, led the Huskies to their 17th consecutive (and 18th overall) Little East Conference Championship and the New England Alliance Championship for the third straight year, and 15th time on the last 17 years. USM also posted its best-ever finishes at the New England Division III Championships placing third among 31 teams, and at the NEICAAA Championships finishing 14th among 38 teams. The Huskies finished 25th in the final USTFCCCA national poll.