Southern Maine Competes at Gordon Kelly Invitational
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Senior Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) won the 600 meters to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's performance Saturday at the Gordon Kelly Invitational held at M.I.T. The meet was a non-team-scoring meet.
The Kelly Invitational was the final tune-up for USM prior to next weekend's New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships.
Bantz was the Huskies lone individual winner taking the top spot in the 600 with a time of 1 minute, 41.44 seconds. The USM 4 x 200-meter relay foursome of freshman Taylor Chamberlain (Lewiston, Maine), junior Samantha Dow (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and freshmen Bekah Robertson (Biddeford, Maine) and Ottilie McPhail (Bradford, Maine/Central) won that event with their combined time of 1:52.82.
Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) equaled her personal best in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.06 seconds to take fourth place. Kalilwa was also runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 5.22 meters (17-1 ½).
Junior Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) finished third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.03 seconds, and sixth in the 60-meter hurdles crossing the line in 9.74 seconds.
The USM freshmen had a strong day getting ready for next weekend. McPhail placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 1:05.35. Robertson had a season best in the pole vault clearing 2.90 meters (9-6 ¼) and equaled her best in the high jump with a height of 1.50 meters (4-11). Chamberlain matched Robertson in the high jump.
The New England Alliance and LEC Championships will be held next Saturday at Plymouth State University.