Hoggard, Slovenski Lead USM at Gordon Kelly Invitational
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomores Mykayla Hoggard (Bangor, Maine) and Sophia Slovenski (Cape Neddick, Maine) combined for three first-place finishes to lead the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team's performance at the annual Gordon Kelly Invitational held Saturday at MIT. The meet was a non-team-scoring event.
Hoggard was a double winner taking the top spot in the 60-meter dash with her time of 7.99 seconds and the long jump with a mark of 5.58 meters (18-3¾). Slovenski took the top spot in the pole vault clearing 3.73 meters (12-2¾).
The Huskies 4 x 200-meter relay foursome of Hoggard, freshman Maddie Fornasier (South Burlington, Vt.), sophomore Taylor Chamberlain (Lewiston, Maine) and senior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) posted a season-best time of 1:47.57 to take first.
In addition to their runs with the relay, Kalilwa posted a runner-up finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.25 meters (36-11), Chamberlain came in third in the 200 meters crossing the finish line in 27.67 seconds, and Fornasier was fifth in the 60 dash in 8.40.
Two USM athletes posted results that qualified them for the New England Division III Championships at the end of the month. Sophomore Emily Colby (Lunenburg, Vt.) qualified for the 600 meters with her third-place time of 1:43.94, and senior Samantha Dow (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) met the standard in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 9.71 seconds.
Other notable performances were turned in by senior Jess Regan (Sturbridge, Mass./Shepherd Hill) who was fourth in the 200 at 27.86, rookie Allie Gross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) who matched her season best in the high jump clearing 1.56 meters (5-1¼) to finish fourth, sophomore Bekah Robertson (Biddeford, Maine) who had a season-best mark in the pole vault clearing 3.03 meters (9-11 ¼) for a sixth-place finish, freshman Ami Beaumier (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) who turned in a time of 2:32.36 in the 800 meters to finish sixth, and junior Madison Clowes (Waterville, Maine) who had a season-best throw of 13.61 meters (44-8) in the weight throw.
The Huskies are back in action next Saturday when USM hosts the Little East Conference Championships