Junior Breaks School Record Three Times During Competition
GENEVA, Ohio -- Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) saved her best for last Saturday as the University of Southern Maine jumper broke her school record in the triple jump for the third time in competition to finish third at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Two days after earning All-America honors in the long jump, Kalilwa broke her school triple jump record on her third attempt in the preliminary round with a mark of 12.02 meters (39-5¼) to reach the finals by one centimeter. Her previous record was 11.98 meters (39-3¾) set at the New England Division III Championships on May 6, 2017.
In the final three rounds of jumping, Kalilwa became the first women in school history to crack the 40-foot barrier with her jump of 12.32 meters (40-5) in the fourth round to move from ninth place to sixth place. In the final round, Kalilwa stretched her record mark to 12.35 meters (40-6¼) to move into third place.
In the long jump competition on Thursday, Kalilwa broke her school record on consecutive attempts to finish fifth with a mark of 5.86 meters (19-2¾) that came on her third attempt. She broke her previous school record on her second attempt with a jump of 5.84 meters (19-2). The old mark was 5.82 meters (19-1¼) set on May 3rd at the New England Division III Championships.
The seventh female in the history of the USM program to earn outdoor All-America honors, Kalilwa is the first to earn All-America honors in two events in the same championship.
Kalilwa accounted for all 10 points in the team standings to put USM in a tie for 23rd place among the 80 teams scoring in the championships. The NCAA Outdoor Championships bring the season to a close.