Southern Maine Women T&F Competes at Gordon Kelly Invitational

Junior Adela Kalilwa (left) and senior Haley Bantz (file photos by Jason Johns).
Junior Adela Kalilwa (left) and senior Haley Bantz (file photos by Jason Johns).

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.

 

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