Junior Sweeps Horizontal Jumps at N.E. Division III Championships
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced Monday afternoon that University of Southern Maine junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) has been selected as the Field Athlete of the Week for women's track and field for the week of April 29 through May 5. This is the fourth time during the 2019 spring outdoor season, and the fifth time in her career, that Kalilwa has received the weekly honor.
Competing at the New England Division III Championships held at Williams College, Kalilwa swept the horizontal jumps. On Friday, Kalilwa became the first USM women to crack the 19-foot barrier in the long jump with her winning school-record jump of 5.82 meters (19-1¼). The previous USM record of 5.71 meters (18-9) was set by Hannah Wiley at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships.
The next afternoon, Kalilwa completed her double by winning the triple jump with a mark of 11.89 meters (39-0¼). Kalilwa, who fouled on her first two attempts, took the lead in the competition with her jump of 11.80 meters (38-8¾) in the third round, and her winning mark came in the fifth round of jumps.
Kalilwa accounted for 20 of the Huskies' 22 points to finish 14th among the 34 scoring teams in the final standings.
Qualified competitors will travel to Southern Connecticut State University this Friday and Saturday for the NEICAAA New England Outdoor Championships.