Kalilwa, Pickering Post Personal Bests at Bowdoin Invitational #2
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Led by career-best indoor performances from sophomores Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) and Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine), the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team finished fourth among the five teams competing Saturday at the Bowdoin College Invitational #2 meet held at the Farley Field House.
Kalilwa had indoor career-best performances in the long jump and the triple jump. Kalilwa won the triple jump with a mark of 11.38 meters (37-4) to eclipse her previous indoor best set last week at Brandeis University, and was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 5.37 meters (17-7 ½) to surpass her previous best established in February 2017. Kalilwa's win in the triple jump was the Huskies' lone first-place finish. Kalilwa also posted a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (8.28).
Pickering finished second in the pole vault clearing a career best 3.50 meters (11-5 ¾) to pass her PR set two weeks ago at the USM Open II meet.
Senior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) had a runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles (9.31) and was third in the 200 meters (26.74). Sophomore Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) added a third in the 60-meter dash (8.03) and a fourth-place finish in the 200 (26.94).
USM scored in all three relays led by the 4 x 200-meter relay combination of Dias, Kalilwa, junior Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) and Potts that finished second (1:45.73) with the fifth best time on the school performance list. The Huskies' 4 x 400 relay (4:35.05) finished third, and the 4 x 800 relay was fifth (10:53.35).
In the field events, junior Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) had a second-place result (1.54 meters/5-0 ½), and sophomore Lili Kien (Westbrook, Maine/Deering) was sixth (1.44 meters/4-8 ¾) in the high jump. Rookie Elena Grace (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) scored in the weight throw (12.08 meters/39-7 ¾) placing fifth.
Also of note, senior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) met the qualifying standard in the triple jump (10.47 meters/34-4 ¼) for the New England Division III Championships next month.
Perennial regional powerhouse M.I.T. won the meet scoring 212 points. Tufts University was second with 127, followed by host Bowdoin with 102, Southern Maine with 78 and Merrimack College with 59.
Southern Maine is back in action next Saturday (12:00 p.m.) hosting the USM Open III meet at the Costello Sports Complex. Selected competitors will travel to Boston on Friday to compete at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University.