Junior Set to Compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships This Week
GORHAM, Maine -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday that University of Southern Maine junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) has been selected as the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Region Field Athlete of the Year. The various award winners are selected by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.
Kalilwa is the second USM female athlete to be selected as a USTFCCCA New England Region Athlete of the Year. She joins former All-American Peyton Dostie, the 2016 New England Region Track Athlete of the Year, as recipients of the honor.
In addition, Kalilwa also received USTFCCCA All-Region recognition in the long jump and triple jump when the association announced its 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field season All-Region honors on Sunday. Kalilwa earned All-Region honors in the triple jump for the third straight year, and in the long jump for the first time. She also received All-Region honors in both events during the 2018-19 indoor season.
To receive USTFCCCA All-Region honors, an individual must be ranked among the top five athletes in each event, in addition to each of the members of a top-three ranked relay team. This spring, a total of 964 athletes from USTFCCCA member women's programs were recognized.
Kalilwa was the top ranked competitor in both events during the spring season. In the long jump, she had a school-record jump of 5.82 meters (19-1¼) at the New England Division III Championships. Twice during the season she posted a mark of 11.89 meters (39-0¼) in the triple jump. She swept the two horizontal jumps three times during the 2019 spring season, including at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships.
Making her third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this week, Kalilwa will compete in the long jump on Thursday (5 p.m.) and the triple jump on Saturday (1:45 p.m.). This year's championships are being held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.