Hoggard, Kalilwa and Slovenski Win Field Events
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Paced by five top-three finishes in the field events, the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team finished third among the 12 teams competing Saturday at the annual Reggie Poyau Invitational held at Brandeis University.
The Huskies amassed 69 points to finish third behind Assumption College and host Brandeis. Assumption won the meet with 147 points. Brandeis took the runner-up spot with 97 points. Rounding out the top five teams were Merrimack College with 63 points and Worcester State University with 37.
Sophomore Mykayla Hoggard (Bangor, Maine), ranked first nationally in Division III in the long jump heading into the weekend, won the long jump with a mark of 5.67 meters (18-7¼). Hoggard also scored in the 200 meters with her fifth-place finish in a time of 27.13 seconds.
Senior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) took the top spot in her first triple jump competition of the season. Kalilwa posted a mark of 11.36 meters (37-3¼) to also meet the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships in February. Kalilwa also placed fourth in the 200 with her time of 27.11 seconds.
Sophomore transfer Sophia Slovenski (Cape Neddick, Maine/Phillips Academy) made her debut with the Huskies a memorable one by winning the pole vault. Slovenski cleared the bar at 3.55 meters (11-7¾) to take the top spot and surpassed the qualifying standard for the N.E. Division III Championships.
Sophomore Taylor Chamberlain (Lewiston, Maine) was runner-up in the high jump clearing 1.54 meters (5-0½), and junior Madison Clowes (Waterville, Maine) finished third in the weight throw with a mark of 12.57 meters (41-3).
On the track, the Huskies' 4 x 400-meter relay, comprised of Hoggard, Chamberlain, sophomore Emily Colby (Lunenburg, Vt./Lyndon Institute) and Kalilwa, finished second with a time of 4:17.54. Colby also had a fourth-place result in the 600 meters, crossing the finish line in 1:47.73.
Sophomore Bekah Robertson (Biddeford, Maine) tied for fourth place in two events. Robertson cleared a height of 1.46 meters (4-9½) in the high jump, and 2.65 meters (8-8¼) in the pole vault.
The Huskies are back in action next weekend with select competitors competing on Friday in the pentathlon at Bates Multi-Event meet, and on Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational.