Bantz and Maimone Named USM Women's Track & Field Captains
GORHAM, Maine -- Veteran University of Southern Maine women's track and field head coach George Towle announced this week that seniors Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) and Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) have been named captains for the upcoming 2018-19 indoor season that begins Saturday, December 15, at the USM Open I meet.
This is the first season that Bantz and Maimone have served as a captain. Both have been key contributors the past three years in the Huskies' run of 18 consecutive Little East Conference championships (2001-18).
Bantz returned to the program last winter after taking the 2016-17 season off to earn All-Little East honors in the 800 meters, high jump and the 4 x 800-meter relay. In addition to her All-LEC honors, Bantz won the high jump at the State Championships meet clearing a career best 1.59 meters (5-2 ½), and was third in the 800 meters (2:26.01). At the LEC meet, Bantz was runner-up in both events, and ran the anchor leg for the Huskies' second-place 4 x 800 relay.
Maimone's 2017-18 season was cut short by a season-ending injury in late January. She was an All-New England Alliance performer during the 2016-17 season in the 400 meters, pole vault, long jump and 4 x 200-meter relay. Before her injury, Maimone had won the pole vault at two meets, including establishing a new indoor best clearing 3.45 meters (11-3 ¾) at the Reggie Poyau Invitational held at Brandeis University on January 13.
Both athletes were members of the Little East Conference Winter Academic team last winter, and are multiple-time winners of USM's William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award.
The Huskies will host three indoor events this winter at the Costello Sports Complex. After the December 15th meet, the Huskies will host the USM Open II meet on January 5 and the USM Open III meet on January 26.
The championship segment of the indoor campaign begins February 1 with the annual State Championships meet at Bowdoin College. The Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships will be hosted at Plymouth State University on February 16, and the New England Division III Championships will take place February 22-23 at Bowdoin.