Dias, Gibeault, Kalilwa and 4x200 Relay Honored
GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its weekly honors for women's indoor track and field Monday afternoon with the University of Southern Maine receiving four of the five honors.
For the fourth time this winter, and the seventh time in her career, senior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy) was named the Field Athlete of the Week. In addition, senior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) was selected as the Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in her two-year USM career, freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) received her second Rookie Field Athlete of the Week honor of the season, and the Huskies' 4 x 200-meter relay was chosen as the Relay of the Week.
Competing at the annual State of Maine Indoor Championships, Gibeault won her first state title in the pole vault by clearing a meet record 3.65 meters (11-11 ¾). Gibeault led the Huskies to a sweep of the first five, and six of the eight, scoring positions for a total of 35 points.
Dias won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.42 seconds, placed second in the 55-meter hurdles with a school record time of 8.29 seconds, and was sixth in the 200 meters crossing the finish line in 26.99 seconds. Dias' dash time moved her up to eighth, her hurdles time moved her to second, and her 200 time is 30th on the latest New England Division III performance list.
Kalilwa posted top-three finishes in the long jump and triple jump. She finished third in the long jump with a season-best jump of 5.26 meters (17-3 ¼), and was second in the triple jump with a mark of 11.13 meters (36-6 ¼). Kalilwa's long jump distance moved her up to a tied for 14th on the latest New England Division III performance list.
The 4 x 200-meter relay quartet of freshman Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), senior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat), sophomore Penny Maimone (Stoneham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) and sophomore Heather Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) recorded its fastest time of the season at 1:45.75 to finish second. The Huskies' time ranks them third on the latest New England Division III performance list
The Huskies scored 155.50 points to edge out Bowdoin College and Colby College for the second spot in the final team standings. Bates College won its fourth consecutive state title with a total of 215.50 points. Bowdoin was third with 147.50, and Colby took fourth with 139.
Southern Maine will host the 2017 New England Alliance/Little East Conference/MASCAC Championships this Saturday (11:30 a.m.) at the Costello Sports Complex field house.