18 Consecutive (2000-2017) LEC Championships

USM Opens Outdoor Season at Charleston Southern Invitational

Sophomore Jhanel Potts
Sophomore Jhanel Potts

USM Opens Outdoor Season at CSU Spring Break Invitational

            CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sophomore Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine) won the pole vault and classmate Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) finished second in the long jump on Friday to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's performance during the first day of competition at the Charleston Southern University Spring Break Invitational.

            Pickering won the pole vault by clearing an outdoor career best 3.36 meters (11-0 ¼).  Sophomore Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) was runner-up clearing 3.05 meters (10-0).

            Kalilwa began her outdoor season taking the runner-up spot in the long jump with a leap of 5.44 meters (17-10 ¼).

            Rookies Elena Grace (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Anna Saing (Springvale, Maine/Sanford) finished fourth and sixth respectively in the javelin throw with marks of 33.84 meters (111-0 ½) and 30.77 meters (100-11 ¾), respectively.

            On the track, sophomores Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) and Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) advanced to Saturday's final in the 100-meter hurdles with career-best times of 15.07 and 15.21 seconds respectively.  Potts also advanced to the finals in the 100-meter dash with her time of 12.42 seconds during the trials.

            Competition resumes Saturday morning (9 a.m.).