18 Consecutive (2000-2017) LEC Championships

Southern Maine Finishes Third at the Annual Aloha Relay

Sophomore Jhanel Potts swept the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the Aloha Relays (photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Jhanel Potts swept the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the Aloha Relays (photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Finishes Third at Aloha Relays

            BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Paced by double winner Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team finished third among the eight teams competing at the 2018 Aloha Relays held Friday and Saturday at Bowdoin College.

            Southern Maine amassed 101 points to place third behind meet winner Bowdoin College and Bates College.  Bowdoin ran away with the title scoring 214 points.  Bates was runner-up with 120.  Wellesley College, with 71 points, completed the top half of the results.

            Potts won the 100 and 200-meter dashes and was a member of the Huskies runner-up 4 x 100-meter relay.  Potts took the 100 final with a season best time of 12.29 seconds.  She won the 200 with a career-best time of 25.29 seconds.

            Other individual winners for the Huskies were senior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) and sophomore Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine).  Ingram won the triple jump with a career-best mark of 11.30 meters (37-1), and became just the third USM women to surpass the 37-foot mark in the triple jump.  Pickering stood atop the podium in the pole vault clearing 3.20 meters (10-6).

            Earning runner-up finishes were Ingram in the long jump with a leap of 5.08 meters (16-8) and sophomore Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the pole vault with a height of 3.05 meters (10-0).  The Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay earned a second-place finish with its time of 50.94 seconds.

            Four athletes came home in third place including sophomore Lili Kien (Westbrook, Maine/Deering) in the high jump (1.54m/5-0 ½), sophomore Ashley Joyner (Auburn, Maine/Granbury [Texas]) in the triple jump (10.40m/34-1 ½), freshman Elena Grace (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) in the javelin (30.94m/101-6) and sophomore Jess Regan (Sturbridge, Mass./Shepherd Hill Regional) in the heptathlon (3,182 points).

            The Huskies will travel to Bridgewater State University for the annual New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships next Saturday (11 a.m.).