Huskies Off Until April 6
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced its initial set of weekly awards for the 2019 women's outdoor track and field season with the University of Southern Maine collecting two of the five awards. Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) was selected as the Field Athlete of the Week while freshman Ottilie McPhail (Bradford, Mine/Central) was picked as the Track Rookie of the Week.
This is the second time in her career that Kalilwa has been named the LEC Field Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season. She was picked as the indoor Field Athlete of the Week five times during the recently completed winter season. Earning her first outdoor recognition, McPhail received a nod as the Track Rookie of the Week once during the indoor season, and was a member of USM's Relay of the Week back in December.
Competing at the Charleston Southern University Buccaneer Invitational, Kalilwa opened the 2019 outdoor season by winning the triple jump and placing third in the long jump. In the triple jump, Kalilwa took the lead with her mark of 11.44 meters (37-6 ½) in the second round. In the fourth round, Kalilwa posted her winning mark of 11.66 meters (38-3 ¼). In the long jump, Kalilwa placed third with her leap of 5.47 meters (17-11 ½) in the fourth round of jumps.
Kalilwa's marks in both events met the qualifying standards for the New England Division III Championships in May, and her triple jump mark met the standard for the NEICAAA New England Championships the second weekend in May. Her triple jump mark ranks her second in the nation, and she is 14th in the long jump.
McPhail had a scoring finish in the 400 meters coming across the finish line in sixth place with a time of 1:04.14. McPhail also had a 10th-place result in the 200 meters with her time of 28.18.
Southern Maine finished third among the seven teams competing with 112 points. The University of South Carolina won the women's meet with 226 points, and host Charleston Southern was runner-up with 129.
The Huskies are off this weekend. They will return to competition on April 6 when they travel to the Bowdoin Invitational.