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USM Women Compete at NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Senior Hannah Damron eyes the clock as she approaches the finish of the 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon. Damron dominated the field winning the event by more than four seconds (D3photography.com photo).
Senior Hannah Damron eyes the clock as she approaches the finish of the 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon. Damron dominated the field winning the event by more than four seconds (D3photography.com photo).

USM Women Compete at NCAA Division III Championships

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's outdoor track and field season came to a close Saturday during the final day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

            On the final day of the three-day meet, freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) finished 10th overall in the triple jump with a mark of 11.77 meters (38-7 ½).  Kalilwa's mark came on her second of three jumps in the preliminary round.

            Senior Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) competed in the seven-event heptathlon on Thursday and Friday, scoring 4,288 points to finish 17th overall.  Damron posted the fastest time in the final event, the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 15.09 seconds to best the field by more than four seconds.

            Senior Neka Dias (San Antonio, Texas/Holmes) ran in the preliminary round of the 100-meter hurdles on Friday posting the 12th quickest time at 14.66 seconds.

            On the opening day (Thursday) of the championships, senior Molly Gibeault (Brooklyn, Conn./Woodstock Academy), along with the Huskies' 4 x 100-meter relay, were in competition.  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), Dias, senior Liz O'Neal (Brunswick, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and Kalilwa combined for a time of 47.84 seconds in their preliminary round race, 13th quickest overall.

 

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