Peyton Dostie Wins NCAA D3 Pentathlon Title
GRINNELL, Iowa -- University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) set two school records Friday en route winning the pentathlon during the first day of competition at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships being held at Grinnell College. Dostie is the first USM female athlete to win an NCAA national championship.
Dostie took the lead from the outset and never looked back, finishing first among the 17 competitors in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 8.81 seconds. In the high jump, the second of the five events that make up the women's indoor pentathlon, Dostie broke the school record she set three weeks ago clearing 1.64 meters (5-4 ½) to add to her lead.
In the shot put, Dostie had a personal best mark of 8.86 meters (29-1) to add another 455 points to her total. Dostie then finished first in the long jump with a leap of 5.34 meters (17-6 ¼) to take a comfortable lead into the final event, the 800 meters.
Running in the second of two 800-meter heats, Dostie grabbed the lead at the start from the outside position and slowly pulled away from the field to run the best time of all the competitors, 2:20.83, to secure the national title and her second All-American honor in the event. Dostie's total of 3,654 points broke her previous record total set last month at the New England Division III Championships by 99 points.
In the middle of the day, Dostie also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday (approximately 3:15 p.m. EST). Dostie posted the seventh quickest time of the trials at 8.80 seconds.
Senior Nicole Kirk (Scarborough, Maine) competed Friday in the 200-meter trials running the 10th fastest time among 17 competitors crossing the finish line in 25.46 seconds.