GRINNELL, Iowa — University of Southern Maine senior Peyton Dostie earned the fourth track and field All-American honor of her career Saturday finishing eighth in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division Indoor Track and Field Championships at Grinnell College in Iowa.
The winner of the pentathlon title on Friday, Dostie came back on Saturday to race in the hurdles final crossing the finish line in 8.91 seconds. She qualified for the final by running the seventh quickest time, 8.80 seconds, in Friday’s trials.
On Friday, Dostie became the first USM women’s athlete to win a national championship taking the pentathlon title. She set the school record in the pentathlon with her total of 3,654 points, breaking her previous mark set last month at the New England Division III Championships by 99 points.
During the competition, Dostie also set the school record in the high jump clearing 5 feet, 4 ½ inches.
Colby and Bates athletes also earned All-American honors Saturday.
Colby College’s Alanna McDonough used her senior experience to finish in fifth place in the mile with a time of 4:56.40.
McDonough is now a two-time All-American, with the other coming last spring in the 3,000 meter steeplechase during the outdoor season.
McDonough placed ninth in the qualifying race to get into the top 10 and a berth in the championship final.
“She showed so much poise running in the back of the pack for most of the race and waiting for the right time to move, which didn’t come until the last 100 meters,” Colby assistant coach Jared Beers said in a news release. “Being patient and confident like that is even more impressive given how tight the qualifying trials were Friday.”
Sophomore Sally Ceesay became Bates College’s first All-American triple jumper since 1985, placing eighth.
Ceesay matched the school record she set last year for the second time this season, soaring 38 feet and 6.75 inches on her second attempt of the day.
USM wrestler wins Elite 90 award
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – University of Southern Maine junior Daniel Del Gallo is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2016 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship.
Del Gallo’s award marks the second straight year that the Huskies’ standout wrestler has garnered the top academic award available to student-athletes competing in a national championship, capturing the Elite 89 award as a sophomore in 2015.
Del Gallo, majoring in philosophy, currently carries a 3.95 GPA. He was presented with the award during the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championship Saturday evening.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
UMF skiers gain All-American status
LAKE PLACID, New York — The University of Maine at Farmington ski and snowboard team had four members receive All-American selections at last week’s United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championship.
Angelica Horne finished fifth in the women’s snowboard boardercross to earn a first team All-American honor while teammate Whitney LeMay finished second to earn a spot on the second team. Horne finished the race in 48.78 seconds and LeMay finished in 49.47.
LeMay, Calen Mendall and Bryce Neal also received Academic All-American honors. LeMay and Mendall each recorded a 3.91 GPA and Neal had a 3.77.
Colby skier earns a program first
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado — Olivia Amber earned Colby College’s first-ever All-American honor in the history of the Nordic ski program after finishing ninth in the 15-kilometer mass start Saturday at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships.
Amber finished first among Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association skiers with a time of 55 minutes, 30.7 seconds.