Pina, Kalilwa Earn Division III All-New England Honors
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Senior thrower Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) and freshman jumper Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) earned Division III All-New England honors Friday during the first day of women's competition at the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Williams College.
Pina earned Division III All-New England honors for the first time in her career by finishing eighth in the hammer throw with a throw of 44.88 meters (147-3).
Kalilwa picked up her first Division III All-New England honor in the long jump placing eighth with a jump of 5.32 meters (17-5 ½). Junior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) also competed in the long jump posting a mark of 4.88 meters (16-0 ¼).
After the first day of competition in the women's heptathlon, sophomore Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) was third with 2,655 points, and senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) was sixth with 2,447 points. Close had the best time in the 200 meters (26.53 seconds), and the second best time in the 100-meter hurdles (15.37), among the 18 competitors. Damron had the third best time (15.71) in the hurdles.
Senior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) advance to Saturday's finals in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles. Dias won her preliminary round race in the hurdles with a time of 14.59 seconds to advance. She qualified for the 100 dash final on time crossing the finish line in 12.44 seconds.
Freshman Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) also advanced to the 100 dash final winning her preliminary round race in 12.51 seconds. The winners of the four preliminary round races, and the next four quickest times, advanced to Saturday's final.
After three events, USM is in a three-way tie for 11th place with two points. M.I.T. is the first-day leader in the team standings with 47 points.
Competition resumes Saturday morning.