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Damron, Gibeault and 4x100 Relay Compete at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships

Senior Hannah Damron, seen here competing at the New England Division III Championships, is competing in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships (photo by Frank Poulin).
Senior Hannah Damron, seen here competing at the New England Division III Championships, is competing in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships (photo by Frank Poulin).

Damron, Gibeault and Relay Compete at NCAA Championships

            GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine seniors Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) and Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy), along with the Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay, compete Thursday during the first day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at the SPIRE Institute located in Geneva, Ohio.

            Competing in the seven-event heptathlon, Damron scored a total of 2,494 points in the four events contested Thursday.  She picked up 795 points in the opening event, the 100-meter hurdles, with her time of 15.36 seconds.  Damron added 512 points after clearing 1.40 meters (4-7) in the high jump, and 458 points with a throw of 8.90 meters (29-1 ½) in shot put.  Damron completed her day by running the 200 meters in 26.80 seconds to add 729 points to her total.

            Gibeault, making her second trip to the outdoor championships, finished in 17th place in the pole vault.  She cleared her opening two heights (3.55 meters, 3.70 meters) before making three failed attempts at 3.80 meters (12-5 ½) that would have equaled her school record.

            The relay combination of freshman Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), seniors Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) and Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) combined for a time of 47.84 seconds in their preliminary round race, but will not advance to Saturday's final.

            Competition resumes Friday.  Damron will compete in the final three events of the heptathlon, and Dias will run in her 100-meter hurdles preliminary round race. 

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