GORHAM, Maine – The Husson University women's track & field program opened up the season posting strong performances at the Southern Maine Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Despite being a non-scoring event, the Eagles gave it their all and finished the meet with at least one student-athlete scoring in the top ten in every event which they competed. Two Eagles already impressively qualified for the DIII New England Championships.
Sophomore Leah Desjardins, in the 55-meter, raced the fastest time of the meet at 7.30 seconds for Husson while already qualifying for the DIII New England Championships. Following close behind was junior Shea Curley achieving a time of 7.60 seconds and sophomore Adreona Daniels, improving her time int he second round by .70 seconds to notch an 8.30 seconds 55-meter.
The same three student-athletes also competed in the 200-meter dash with Desjardins once again leading the pack. She raced to a time nearly half a second faster than the personal record she set last year, crossing the finish line at 27.07 seconds in the preliminary race, taking fourth. Daniels finished her fastest time in 29.00 seconds while Curley recorded a 28.90 time. Kaitlin Prescott competed for her first time as an Eagle, racing to a time of 33.63 seconds.
Freshman Allison Kondracki was the only Eagle to tackle the 400-meter dash as she took second place finishing in 1:11.69. She also achieved a time fast enough to make the top ten in Husson program history.
Husson's 4x200 meter relay team took home first place coming in at a time of 1:56.70, consisting of teammates Tamara Rodriguez, Curley, Daniels, and Desjardins. This team also finished at a time good enough to score in the top ten in school history.
The hurdlers were led by freshman Isabella Comeau at a time of 10.63 seconds for tenth place in the 55-meter hurdles, hitting the top ten list in the school record book in her very first collegiate meet. Other competitors were junior Jessica Dessert at 11.10 seconds and junior Jaclyn MacDonald at 15.26 seconds.
Placing her first collegiate height in the high jump, freshman Jessica Giffen cleared 1.35 meters, which put her in the top ten in program history. She also competed in pole vault, tying Comeau clearing 1.85 meters. MacDonald hit 2.65 meters in the preliminary round while Dessert had the most success reaching 2.80 meters for fourth place at the meet, good enough to tie for second place in Husson program records, all while setting a personal best.
Jordan Durant and Rodriguez both competed in the long jump as well as the triple jump. In the long jump, Durant cleared 4.34 meters while Rodriguez barely outjumped her in the preliminary round with a distance of 4.39 meters. In the triple jump, Rodriguez cleared a distance of 9.33 meters, just barely further than Durant's jump of 9.31 meters. Kondracki tied Rodriguez's best jump in the finals to help her seize third overall at the meet and knock someone out of top ten best jumps in program history.
In shot put, senior Faith Burnett tossed a distance of 11.31 meters to take home second place and qualify for the DIII New England Championship in just the first meet. She also captured first place in the weight throw, sending it 12.90 meters. Just behind her in both events, sophomore Megan Bataran sent the shot put 10.46 meters to jump up to third in Husson program records while throwing her own personal best. She then continued onto the weight throw, where she tossed it 11:41 meters. Freshman Issi Capozzi posted the third best throws for Husson throughout the day, throwing the shot put 10.26 meters and the weight throw 11:23 meters. Closing out the field events was freshman Erin Kashian clearing 6.82 meters in shot put and 8.00 meters in the weight throw.
The women's team will rest for the remainder of the 2017 year until they compete at the Southern Maine Invitational on January 6th in 2018.