Southern Maine Captures Little East Track & Field Championship

Southern Maine Captures Little East Track & Field Championship

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine captured the program's 14th consecutive Little East Women's Track & Field Championship this afternoon at the Edward C. Swenson Athletic Complex on the campus of Bridgewater State University.  The Huskies placed third in the 4x400-meter relay to edge Keene State College by just a point for the team championship. 

Southern Maine stood atop the awards podium with 159 points, while Keene State College earned 158 points.  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (104), Rhode Island College (81), University of Massachusetts Boston (70), and Eastern Connecticut State University (62) completed the six-team standings.

Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa.) won titles in the shot put and discus while Dostie took the top spot in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Seniors Molly Carl (York, Maine) and Caitlin Miller (Pepperell, Mass.) won the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races.

Durham won the shot put with a throw of 11.63 meters (38-2) and the discus with a mark of 39.52 meters (129-8) to earn the first LEC titles of her career. Durham also added a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 35.25 meters (115-8).

Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine) was atop the podium in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.99 seconds and 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.01. Dostie also earned scoring results in three field events placing third in the high jump clearing an outdoor best 1.55 meters (5-1), and the long jump with a season best leap of 5.29 meters (17-4 ¼). Dostie was fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.42 meters (34-2 ¼).

Carl won the 5,000 crossing the line in 18:44.90 while Miller defended her 10,000 title with a season best time of 40:19.29. Carl also turned in a second-place performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finishing in a time of 11:26.82.

Freshman Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) had third-place finishes in the 200 (25.98) and the 400 meters with a school record time of 57.67. Junior Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine) posted a third-place finish in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:59.86 and was runner-up to Carl in the 5,000 with her time of 18:56.55.