Kalilwa Double Winner at State Championships
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) swept the horizontal jumps to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's efforts at the annual State of Maine Indoor Track and Field Championships held Friday night at Farley Field House on the campus of Bowdoin College.
Kalilwa was the lone winner for the Huskies. She won the long jump with a leap of 5.32 meters (17-5 ½), then returned to take the top spot in the triple jump with a mark of 11.48 meters (37-8). Both marks were season bests for Kalilwa. The two state titles were the first of Kalilwa's career.
On the track, Kalilwa posted a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 26.75 seconds.
Freshman Mykayla Hoggard (Bangor, Maine) scored in three events. Hoggard edged Kalilwa for third place in the 200 meters (26.7433-26.7469), took fifth in the long jump with a jump of 5.12 meters (16-9 ¾), and was sixth in the 60-meter dash crossing the finish line in 8.18 seconds.
Others earning third-place finishes were sophomore Samantha Comeau (Maple Grove, Minn.) in the shot put (10.60 meters/34-9 ½), freshman Bekah Robertson (Biddeford, Maine) who finished in a three-way tie for third in the high jump (1.50 meters/4-11), and junior Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the pole vault (3.20 meters/10-6).
Junior Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) brought home a fourth in the 60-meter dash (8.07) and a sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.58).
Freshman Emily Colby (Lunenburg, Vt./Lyndon Institute) finished fifth in the 600 meters (1:46.23), and sophomore Tina Dang (Portland, Maine/Deering) was fifth in the weight throw (10.85 meters/35-7 ¼).
The Huskies 4 x 200-meter relay had a runner-up finish with its time of 1:52.00. The 4 x 400 foursome was fourth with a time of 4:22.40.
Bates College edged host Bowdoin, 237-231, to take the team title. Colby College was third with 104.50 points followed by USM with 95.50,
Southern Maine is back in competition next weekend with competitors headed to the David Hemery Invitational at Boston University and the Gordon Kelly Invitational at M.I.T.