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Southern Maine Claims Record 18th Straight LEC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Title, Runner-up in NEA Standings

2018 Women's Indoor Track & Field Champion Southern Maine

Complete LEC Results | Complete NEA Results

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Southern Maine women's indoor track & field team claimed its conference-record 18th consecutive Little East Conference (LEC) championship Saturday at the Providence Career & Technical Academy, and finished second in the race for the New England Alliance (NEA) crown.

TEAM STANDINGS:
1) Southern Maine – 140
2) Rhode Island College – 109
3) UMass Boston – 102
4) Eastern Connecticut – 95
5) UMass Dartmouth – 59
6) Keene State – 53
7) Plymouth State – 31

SPRINTS: UMass Boston sophomore Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) swept the sprint events. She won the 60-meter dash in 7.65 seconds after clocking in at 7.63 seconds in the prelims, won the 200-meter dash in 24.93 seconds and took home the 400-meter dash in 58.13 seconds. Her prelim time in the 60 and finals time in the 200 set new LEC and NEA records.

MIDDLE DISTANCE: UMass Dartmouth freshman Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) won the LEC and NEA title in the 1,000-meer run after crossing the finish line in 3:09.30. Rhode Island College junior Nicole Grammas (Cranston, R.I.) won the LEC title in the 600-meter run in 1:41.00, while Keene State junior Brittany Gravallese (Merrimack, N.H.) was the LEC champion in the 800-meter run in 2:23.09. Both were the alliance runner-up. 

DISTANCE: Eastern Connecticut junior Samantha McKosky (Deep River, Conn.) was the alliance runner-up and conference champion in the mile run with her time of 5:16.90, while UMass Dartmouth sophomore Jessica O'Reilly (Millis, Mass.) was NEA runner-up and LEC champion in the 3,000-meter run in 11:00.83. Rhode Island College freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, R.I.) was the LEC champion in the 5,000meter run after clocking in at 19:15.93, placing her fourth in the alliance standings.

HURDLES: Southern Maine junior Emily Close (Orleans. Vt.) was the LEC champion in the 60-meter hurdles after posting a finals time of 9.07 seconds that placed her third overall. She was sixth in the prelims after turning in a time of 9.29 seconds.

JUMPS: Rhode Island College freshman Rachel Meus (Providence, R.I.) won the LEC title and was alliance runner-up in the high jump after clearing 1.59 meters, while Southern Maine sophomore Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine) was LEC champion and alliance runner-up in the pole vault after clearing 3.50 meters. UMass Boston senior Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) won the long jump with a conference and alliance record leap of 5.78 meters, while southern Maine sophomore Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) matched that feat in the triple jump with her leap of 11.75 meters.

THROWS: Rhode Island College freshman Chelsea Yang (Warwick, R.I.) dominated the weight throw, winning with a mark of 16.99 meters that was nearly two full meters better than RIC senior Destinee Barrett's (Warwick, R.I.) runner-up toss of 15.01 meters.  UMass Dartmouth sophomore Mackenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) was the alliance runner-up and LEC champion in the shot put with her toss of 12.17 meters.

RELAYS: UMass Boston won the LEC and NEA title in two of the three relay events. The team of sophomore Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.), senior Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), Driggers and Jonathas won the 4x200 in a meet record time of 1:43.40, while the 4x400 team of Bean, sophomore Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.), Jonathas and Driggers won in 4:05.18. Eastern Connecticut's 4x800 relay consisting of freshman Lauren Bresson (Roxbury, Conn.), McKosky, juniors Haley Knox (Bristol, Conn.) and Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook, Conn.) won the conference and alliance titles with their time of 10:07.94.