PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Peyton Dostie’s indoor track and field senior season was the epitome of her career at the University of Southern Maine (USM). Dostie became the Huskies’ first female National Champion ever at Southern Maine after winning the Pentathlon at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships held at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
The Pentathlon is made up of five track and field events, the 60-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run, the long jump, high jump and the shot put. During the NCAA Championships, Dostie jumped out of the gates and took the overall standings lead and never looked back after winning the 60-meter hurdles in 8.81 seconds and then she followed that up by breaking her own school record in the high jump at 5-4 ½.
In the shot put, Dostie destroyed her personal record on her first throw with a distance of 29-1. Dostie remained at the top of the standings after the three events and she would extend her lead after winning the long jump with a distance of 17-6 ¼.
Dostie secured her National Championship in the 800-meter run, leading the entire way and finished with a final time of 2:20.83. When the smoked cleared, Dostie was the NCAA Division III Pentathlon National Champion after accumulating 3,654 points. Dostie also earned Pentathlon All-American honors in 2015 after she placed eighth with 3,391 points.
The next day, Dostie went on to earn All-American honors with an eighth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles event.
When Dostie graduated from Southern Maine last year she left the program owning six indoor track and field school-records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.76), the 400-meters (56.82), 600-meters (1:36.51), the Pentathlon (3,654), the high jump (5-04.50) and the long jump (17-09.50). Dostie also owns the outdoor track and field records in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.13) and the 100-meter hurdles (14.07).
Dostie swept the Little East Conference Indoor Track and Field Major Awards in 2015 after being named both the LEC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the LEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and would extend her dominating senior season, winning the Little East Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year following the 2015 season. Dostie also won the LEC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2013.
Dostie was more than a tremendous track and field athlete, she also set offensive records for the Southern Maine field hockey program during her three years with the program. Dostie is currently the program’s leader with 133 career points and 25 career assists. Dostie was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year for field hockey in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.
The historic competitive success the LEC has achieved throughout the 30 years, beginning as a basketball only conference in 1986 and expanding into today’s 19-Championship Sport Conference, will continue to make academic and athletic strides as the LEC continues to be the premier Division III conference of the New England region.
The Little East Conference was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England’s premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.