Southern Maine Wins 18th Consecutive LEC Outdoor Title
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's track and field team won five events and posted 20 top three results en route to winning its 18th consecutive Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday at the annual New England Alliance/LEC/MASCAC Championships meet held at Westfield (Mass.) State University.
The Huskies, who have won every LEC outdoor title since 2000, tallied 188 points to take the team title over runner-up Rhode Island College that scored 113 points. The University of Massachusetts Boston edged in-state foe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 78-74, for the third spot.
Winning individual titles for USM were senior Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross (Fairfield, Vt.) in the 10,000 meters (42.13.53), senior Jasmine Boyle (Brunswick, Maine) in the 5,000 meters (18:48.99), senior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas) in the 100-meter hurdles (14.48), senior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine) in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.53) and senior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) in the pole vault (3.55 meters/11-7 ¾).
In the pole vault, the Huskies took the top four spots as freshmen Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine) tied for second (3.10 meters/10-2), and junior Kaitlin Hilton (South Portland, Maine) was fourth (2.90 meters/9-6 ¼).
The Huskies earned 12 other runner-up finishes. Freshman Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) took second in the 100 (12.20) and 200 (25.50), and ran the opening leg for the Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay (47.57). Freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) was second in the long jump (5.52 meters/18-1 ½) and triple jump (11.75 meters/36-6 ¾), and ran the anchor leg for the relay. Kalilwa also posted a fourth-place finish in the 100 meters (12.41).
Boyle added a runner-up finish in the 1500 (4:53.63) to her 5,000 title, and Dias was runner-up to O'Neal in the 400 hurdles (1:04.67). Senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) took second in the 800 meters (2:19.19) and third in the 1500 meters (5:01.48). In the field events, senior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) placed second in the hammer throw (47.23 meters/154-11) and fourth in the shot put (10.05 meters/32-11 ¾), and freshman Lili Kien (Westbrook, Maine/Deering) was second in the high jump (1.53 meters/5-0 ¼).
Sophomore Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) posted a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (15.44) and a fourth in the high jump (1.53 meters/5-0 ¼). Junior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) posted a fourth-place result in the triple jump (11.05 meters/36-3).
Qualified USM competitors will travel to Williams College next Friday and Saturday for annual New England Division III Championships.