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Southern Maine Finishes Fourth at N.E. Division III Championships

Senior Neka Dias finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth in the 100-meter dash, and ran the second leg for USM's third-place 4x100m relay at the New England Division III Championships (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Neka Dias finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth in the 100-meter dash, and ran the second leg for USM's third-place 4x100m relay at the New England Division III Championships (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Finishes Fourth at N.E. Division III Championships
Kalilwa, Gibeault Set School Records

            WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's track and field team posted nine scoring performances on Saturday, including two school records, en route to a fourth-place finish at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships held Friday and Saturday at Williams College.

            Freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) and senior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) set school records in the triple jump and pole vault respectively.  Kalilwa posted a mark of 11.98 meters (39-3 ¾) to break her previous school record of 11.77 meters (38-7 ½) set last month.  Gibeault, school record holder in the pole vault, cleared 3.77 meters (12-4 ½) to eclipse her previous standard of 3.76 meters set last year.  Kalilwa finished fourth in the triple jump while Gibeault was third in the pole vault.

            The Huskies scored 13 points in the heptathlon as senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) and sophomore Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) placed second and fourth respectively.  Damron finished with 4,294 points while Close tallied 4,111 points.

            Senior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) was runner-up in 100-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 14.23 seconds, and sixth in the 100-meter dash with her personal best time of 12.23 seconds.  Freshman Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) scored a point with her eighth-place result in the 100-meter dash crossing the line in 12.30.

            Senior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) turned in a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:03.89.

            The Huskies 4 x 100-meter relay combination of Potts, Dias, O'Neal and Kalilwa turned in a time of 48.11 seconds to finish in third place.

            During the first day of competition on Friday, senior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) and Kalilwa scored the Huskies first points of the championships.  Pina finished eighth in the hammer throw with a mark of 44.88 meters (147-3).  Kalilwa scored a point with her eighth-place result in the long jump with a leap of 5.32 meters (17-5 ½).

            Southern Maine totaled 48 points to earn its third straight top 10 finish.  M.I.T. won the team title, edging host Williams College 167-153.50.  M.I.T. outscored Williams, 17.5-3.0, in the final event to finish, the pole vault, to clinch the title.  Bates College was third with 79 points.  The University of Massachusetts Boston completed the top five with 35 points.

            USM will send qualified competitors to next weekend's NEICAAA New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships, also at Williams College. 

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