Maimone Wins Pole Vault at Penmen Relays
Huskies Finish Ninth Among 28 Teams
GORHAM, Maine -- Led by senior Penny Maimone's (Stoneham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) first-place finish in the pole vault, the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team posted a ninth-place finish among the 28 teams competing Saturday at the 2nd Annual Penmen Relays held at Southern New Hampshire University.
Maimone had a season-best vault of 3.20 meters (10-6) to stand atop the podium. She cleared her first three heights on the first attempt before needing three tries to clear the bar at 3.20. Maimone, whose outdoor career best is 3.25 meters, made three attempts at 3.35 meters, but was unable to clear the bar. Maimone's mark qualified her for next month's New England Division III Championships.
Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) posted two scoring performances placing second in the long jump and fifth in the 200 meters. Kalilwa posted a jump of 5.58 meters (18-3¾) for her runner-up finish in the long jump. She ran a time of 25.88 seconds, just five one-hundredths of seconds off her outdoor career best, to place fifth in the 200. Kalilwa's time met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships.
Junior Samantha Dow (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) punched her ticket to the New England Division III meet in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 16.13 seconds in the preliminary round. She came back to run a 16.21 in the finals for a seventh-place scoring position.
Others posting scoring performances included senior Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.88, good for fourth place. Freshman Bekah Robertson (Biddeford, Maine) and junior Katie Ferrara (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) in the pole vault with fifth and seventh-place results, respectively, after clearing 2.75 meters (9-0¼).
The Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay quartet of Bantz, freshman Emily Colby (Lunenburg, Vt./Lyndon Institute), and sophomores Allison MacKenzie (Minot, Maine/Edward Little) and Hunter Mahon (Palermo, Maine/Erskine Academy) combined for a fifth-place time of 4:19.44.
Led by Maimone and Kalilwa, Southern Maine tallied 36 points to finish ninth among the 28 teams scoring points. Assumption College finished first with 112 points followed by host SNHU with 80. Rhode Island College was third with 77 points followed by Plattsburgh State with 68 and Colby College with 61.50.
The Huskies will compete next weekend at the Aloha Relays being held this year at Bates College.