Women's Track and Field Opens 2018-19 Indoor Campaign with Strong Showing at USM Open
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's indoor track and field team opened its 2018-19 season in impressive fashion Saturday posting 30 top-three finishes, including 12 first-place results, at the USM Open held at the Costello Sports Complex field house. The meet was a non-team-scoring event.
Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) opened the season in impressive fashion winning four events, including posting a career best time in the 200 meters. On the track, Kalilwa took the top spot in the 55-meters dash posting a time of 7.61 seconds, and came back later to win the 200 in 26.78 seconds.
Kalilwa swept the horizontal jumps winning the long jump with a mark of 5.17 meters (16-11 ½) and the triple jump with a jump of 11.39 meters (37-4 ½).
Other individual winners for the Huskies include sophomore Allison MacKenzie (Minot, Maine/Edward Little) in the 400 meters (1:05.92), freshman Hafido Awil (Lewiston, Maine) in the 800 (2:41.84), senior Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) in the 1,000 (3:14.32) and junior Ashley Joyner (Auburn, Maine/Granby [Texas]) in the 55-meter hurdles (9.36). The Huskies also took the 4 x 200 (1:51.74) and 4 x 400-meter relays (4:39.74).
In the field events, freshman Bekah Robertson (Biddeford, Maine/Home Schooled) won the high jump (1.49m/4-10 ½) and juniors Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine) tied for first in the pole vault (3.05m/10-0).
In addition to her win in the hurdles, Joyner was runner-up in the long jump (4.96m/16-3 ¼) and triple jump (10.53m/34-6 ¾). Robertson also finished in a four-way tie for third in the pole vault (2.75m/9-0 ¼). Ferrera picked up a third-place result in the 55-meter hurdles (9.47).
USM swept the top four spots in the horizontal jumps as sophomore Sarina Teung (Sanford, Maine) and Mykayla Hoggard (Bangor, Maine) finished third (4.90m/16-1) and fourth (4.86m/15-11 ½), respectively, in the long jump, and junior Samantha Round (Veazie, Maine/Orono) and freshman Hannah Chadwick (Sebago, Maine/Lake Region) were third (10.27m/33-8 ½) and fourth (10.09m/33-1 ¼) in the triple jump. The Huskies also swept the top three spots in the high jump as junior Lili Kien (Westbrook, Maine/Deering) took second (1.44m/4-8 ¾) and freshman Taylor Chamberlain (Lewiston, Maine) placed third (1.39m/4-6 ¾).
Others earning runner-up finishes were freshman Emily Colby (Lunenburg, Vt./Lyndon Institute) in the 600 (1:50.99), sophomore Samantha Thompson (Westbrook, Maine) in the 1,000 (3:23.62), and junior Samantha Dow (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) in the 55 hurdles (9.42).
Chamberlain, Robertson and Teung also had third-place finishes, respectively, in the 200 (27.78), pole vault (2.75m/9-0 ¼) and 400 (1:07.72).
The Huskies are off for exams and the holidays until January 5 when they host the USM Open II meet.