USM to Send Nine Athletes to NCAA Division III Championships
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men and women's track and field teams will be sending nine athletes to the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and the University of Mount Union are serving as the hosts.
The field for this year's championships was finalized today following the opportunity for medical scratches.
Representing the men's program will be sophomores Jared Marshall (Gloucester, Mass.) and Drew Gamage (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill), and senior Connor Harris. The competitors for the women's program include freshmen Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) and Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), and seniors Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes), Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy), Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) and Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat).
Marshall will compete in the 110-meter hurdles while Harris and Gamage will participate in the triple jump. Dias, an indoor All-American in the 60-meter hurdles, qualified for the 100-meter hurdles. Gibeault, also in indoor All-American, will be in the field for the pole vault. Kalilwa will compete in triple jump, and Damron will compete in the women's heptathlon. Potts, Dias, O'Neal and Kalilwa will combine to run in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
Marshall and Dias will compete in preliminary round races on Friday. The men and women's triple jump will be contest on Saturday. The women's pole vault takes place on Thursday. The women's heptathlon will cover seven events contest over Thursday and Friday. The relay's preliminary round races will be on Thursday with the final on Saturday.
Dias is the third seed for the women's 100-meter hurdles based upon her time of 14.20 seconds run at the M.I.T. Last Chance Meet. Damron qualified for the heptathlon with her score of 4,381 points scored at the NEICAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association) New England Championships. Gibeault qualified for the outdoor national championships for the second straight year based upon her school record mark of 3.80 meters (12-5 ½) at the NEICAAA meet. Kalilwa made the field in the triple jump after jumping a school record 11.98 meters (39-3 ¾) at the New England Division III Championships. The relay qualified based upon its season best time of 47.37 seconds at the Last Chance meet.
Marshall and Gamage posted their qualifying marks at the Last Chance meet. Marshall ran a school record time of 14.56 seconds while Gamage jumped a career best 14.65 meters (48-0 ¾). Harris, making a trip to the outdoor national championships for the second straight year, posted his qualifying jump of 14.72 meters (48-3 ½) at the New England Division III meet.