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Southern Maine Women Compete at Pioneer Invitational

Sophomore Emily Close won the 100m hurdles and the 200 meters at the Pioneer Invitational held at Smith College (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Emily Close won the 100m hurdles and the 200 meters at the Pioneer Invitational held at Smith College (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Competes at Pioneer Invitational

            NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) won two events, establishing personal bests in both, to highlight the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's performance Saturday at the Pioneer Invitational held at Smith College.  The meet was a non-team-scoring event.

            Close won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.92 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.67 seconds.  Close is just the third USM female to go under 15 seconds in the 100 hurdles joining Peyton Dostie and Neka Dias on that exclusive list.  Her times met the qualifying standards for the New England Division III Championships in May, and her hurdles time also met the standard for the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletics Association) New England Championships.  Close also had a fourth-place result in the long jump (4.91m/16-1 ½).

            Other first-place finishers were junior Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) and sophomore Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine).  Bantz took the top spot in the 800 meters (2:25.83) while Kalilwa won the triple jump (11.09m/36-4 ¾).  Kalilwa also had a runner-up finish in the long jump (5.42m/17-9 ½) and a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.93).

            Sophomore Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) posted a pair of runner-up finishes.  Potts combined with Close to give USM a 1-2 finish in the 100 hurdles (15.39) and the 200 (25-93).  Potts' time in the 200 met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships.

            Sophomore Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) equaled her outdoor personal best in the pole vault (3.10m/10-2) to place second.  Freshman Elena Grace (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was runner-up in the javelin (34.65m/113-8) and met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships.  Senior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) was runner-up in the triple jump (10.39m/34-1 ¼), and classmate Tiia Kand (Abbot, Maine/Piscataquis) tied for second in the high jump (1.44m/4-8 ¾).  Grace also took third in the shot put (9.69m/31-9 ½) and fifth in the hammer throw (33.16m/108-9).

            Earning third-place finishes included Grace in the shot put (9.69m/31-9 ½), sophomore Samantha Dow (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) in the 100 hurdles (16.83) and freshman Caitlin Lally (Portland, Maine/Deering) in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.73).

            The Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay was runner-up (53.44) and the 4 x 400m relay took third (4:31.53).

            Southern Maine travels to Middlebury, Vt., next Saturday to compete in the Panther Spring Invitational at Middlebury College.

 

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