MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Husson University competed in the 2016 New England Division III Indoor Championship Meet at the brand new Middlebury College Virtue Field House/New Balance Foundation Track over the weekend. The Eagles finished in 21st place out of 31 teams that scored points with a program record six total points in the event. This is the first time in program history that the Husson University women's indoor track & field team has scored points in this meet.
MIT won the team title with 123.5 points. Williams was runner-up with 92.83 points followed by the hosted school Middlebury with 82, Southern Maine and Tufts tied for fourth with 52 and Bates rounded out the top six with 48 points.
The competition started Friday night with the Women's Pentathlon. Coming in ranked 14th, Kerianne Downing completed the five events, in order, 60 meter hurdles (10.12, 10th), high jump (1.45m, 11th), shot put (9.99m, 4th), long jump (4.14m, 15th), and 800 (2:51.30, 14th). Downing achieved a season best in the 800 and earned a 13th place overall with a total points of 2575 to get Husson off to a great start.
The final event was the women's 200. This event saw Brooke Hoople compete for the second straight year in the event. Brooke ran a fantastic race despite it being her second 200 of the day. She took second in her heat and ran a SB of 27.09 and took 25th place.
Saturday saw the women's weight throw start day two of the meet. Erin Ellison achieved a mark that earned her a finals position. In the finals, Ellison set a personal record and school record on her second throw. This would catapult her to 3rd place finish with a throw of 15.74 meters. This is the highest finish for any Husson indoor track & field athlete in program history while earning her first and the programs' first All- New England distinction with the performance.
Following the weight, Husson again made history by running its first 4x200 in the New England Championships. The quartet of Tamara Rodriguez, Jayda Cabrera, Alecia Palmer and Brooke Hoople combined to finish 20th with a time of 1:53.73, just off the school record. This event also saw the end to the career of one of the most talented runners to ever grace a cross country course or a track at Husson University in Alecia Palmer.
"As a united program, we have been honored to work with Palmer, and thank her for her many contributions to our programs and wish her the best," Husson Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Kate Goupee said.
The Eagles will return to the track next week when Erin Ellison competes in the prestigious Open New England Championship Meet where the best NCAA DI, DII, and DIII athletes compete against each another. Ellison will be participating in the Women's weight throw on Friday afternoon at Boston University.