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USM Posts Four Season-Best Marks at MIT Last Chance Meet

Freshman Adela Kalilwa (front) and senior Liz O'Neal prepare for the handoff in the 4 x 100-meter relay (file photo by Jason Johns).
Freshman Adela Kalilwa (front) and senior Liz O'Neal prepare for the handoff in the 4 x 100-meter relay (file photo by Jason Johns).

USM Posts Four Season-Best Marks at MIT Last Chance Meet

            CANBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine women's track and field team posted four season-best marks at the final event of the 2017 regular season, the MIT Last Chance Meet held Thursday at the Don and Sherie Morrison Track.

            The Huskies 4 x 100-meter quartet of freshman Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), seniors Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) and Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) ran their best time of the season crossing the finish line with a combined time of 47.37 seconds to finish first.  After taking into account schools with multiple qualifying times, the Huskies are tied for 13th on the latest NCAA Division III performance list.

            In individual running events, Dias ran a season-best time of 14.20 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to place first, and a season-best 24.91 in the 200 meters.  Potts posted her best time of the outdoor season in the 100-meters dash in the preliminary round flashing across the line in 12.12 seconds.  She tied for second in the final clocking in at 12.19.

            In the field events, senior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) placed first in the pole vault clearing 3.71 meters (12-2), and senior Briana Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) turned in a mark of 46.55 meters (152-8) in the hammer throw.

            Kalilwa posted marks of 5.32 meters (17-5 ½) in the long jump and 11.19 meters (36-8 ½) in the triple jump.  Junior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) had a jump of 11.21 meters (36-9 ½) in the triple jump.

            The MIT Last Chance meet concluded the regular season for USM.  The final NCAA performance list will be posted on Friday morning, and declarations must be filed for the Division III National Championships, by 5:00 p.m.  The final list of meet participants will be released Saturday morning.  The top 22 individuals declared in each event, and the top 16 relays, to make the NCAA field.

            The 2017 NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Geneva, Ohio, on May 25-27. 

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