Women's Outdoor Track & Field

18 Consecutive (2000-2017) LEC Championships

Kalilwa Named LEC Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year

Freshman Adela Kalilwa was named Little East Conference Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.
Freshman Adela Kalilwa was named Little East Conference Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.

Kalilwa Named LEC Rookie Field Athlete of the Year
USM Named Coach Staff of the Year

            GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced its annual women's track and field end-of-the-season awards for the 2017 outdoor season on Wednesday with the University of Southern Maine bringing home two of the five major awards.  The coaches voted USM freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) the Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, and selected the USM coaches as the Coaching Staff of the Year.

            Kalilwa is the fourth USM athlete to receive the LEC Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.  Kalilwa joins former standouts Bethany Dumas (2009), Nikole Robbins (2010) and Hannah Wiley (2012) as recipients of the award.

            This is the third straight year that the Huskies' coaching staff has been picked for the honor.  Led by veteran head coach George Towle, the staff includes Mike Drummey (pole vault), Jim Giroux (high jump, strength and conditioning), Becky O'Brien (throws) and Courtney Kromko (horizontal jumps).  Prior to the honor being changed to the present Coaching Staff of the Year format in 2014-15, Towle was named the Coach of the Year four times.

            A three-time LEC Rookie Field Athlete of the Week pick during the spring outdoor season (March 27, April 10, May 1), Kalilwa was the runner-up in long jump (5.52m/18-1 ½) and triple jump (11.75m/38-6 ¾) at the New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships last month.  Last weekend at the New England Division III Championships, Kalilwa earned Division III All-New England honors with her fourth-place finish in the triple jump (11.98m/39-3 ¾), setting the school record for the second time this season, and eighth-place result in the long jump (5.32m/17-5 ½).  She ranks ninth in the triple jump on the latest Division III performance list.

            Prior to the Alliance/LEC championships, Kalilwa won the long jump at three meets and the triple jump once.  Kalilwa swept the two events at the Bowdoin College Outdoor Invitational #1, and won the long jump at the Bowdoin Outdoor Invitational #2 and the Aloha Relays.  In her first season with the Huskies, Kalilwa has set the outdoor school record in the triple jump and ranks second on the long jump list.

            Towle and his staff guided the Huskies to their 18th consecutive Little East Conference championship on April 29, and their 16th New England Alliance title in the last 18 years.  USM has swept the LEC and Alliance outdoor titles the four straight years.  USM won five individual titles and had 19 all-conference performances (top three) in the LEC championships.

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

 

Little East Conference
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Awards

Track Athlete of the Year

2017

Wadeline Jonathas, UMass Boston

2016

Hulerie McGuffie, UMass Boston

2015

Peyton Dostie, Southern Maine

2014

Hulerie McGuffie, UMass Boston

2013

Jaimee Dorsey, Rhode Island College

2012

Molly Carl, Southern Maine

2011

Amy Knoblock, Keene State

2010

Allison Chamberlain, Keene State

2009

Allison Chamberlain, Keene State

2008

Jennifer Adams, Keene State

 

Field Athlete of the Year

2017

Melanie Brunelle, Rhode Island College

2016

Taylor Driggers, Eastern Connecticut

2015

Taylor Driggers, Eastern Connecticut

2014

Renee O'Brien, UMass Boston

2013

Krista Chauvin, UMass Dartmouth

2012

Bethany Dumas, Southern Maine

2011

Bethany Dumas, Southern Maine

2010

Bethany Dumas, Southern Maine

2009

Kayla Fleming, Rhode Island College

2008

Crystal Blamy, Keene State

 

Rookie Track Athlete of the Year

2017

Wadeline Jonathas, UMass Boston

2016

Heather Kendall, Southern Maine

2015

none selected

2014

Hannah Damron, Southern Maine

2013

Jaimee Dorsey, Rhode Island College

2012

Daria Braboy, Rhode Island College

2011

Molly Carl, Southern Maine

2010

Maggie Fitter, Keene State

2009

none selected

2008

Karina Johnson, Eastern Connecticut

 

Rookie Field Athlete of the Year

2017

Adela Kalilwa, Southern Maine

2016

Melanie Brunelle, Rhode Island College

2015

Savonnah Artis, Eastern Connecticut

2014

Destinee Barrette, Rhode Island College

2013

Hulerie McGuffie, UMass Boston

2012

Hannah Wiley, Southern Maine

2011

Jessica Masse, UMass Dartmouth

2010

Nikole Robbins, Southern Maine

2009

Bethany Dumas, Southern Maine

2008

Bryanna Brown, Keene State

 

Coaching Staff of the Year

2017

Southern Maine

2016

Southern Maine

2015

Southern Maine

 

Coach of the Year

2014

George Towle, Southern Maine

2013

Kevin Jackson, Rhode Island College

2012

George Towle, Southern Maine

2011

George Towle, Southern Maine

2010

Steve Gardiner, UMass Dartmouth

2009

Kevin Jackson, Rhode Island College

2008

George Towle, Southern Maine

 
 
 

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