GORHAM, Maine – After competing in back-to-back non-scoring meets at the University of Southern Maine, the Husson University women's track & field team posted several consistent finishes. Freshman Issi Capozzi was the only Eagle to qualify for the DIII New England Championships at the Southern Maine Invitiational II on Saturday afternoon.
Leading her team in two track events, sophomore Leah Desjardins took home second in the 55-meter dash racing the straight in 7.51 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash. She finished that race in 27.48 seconds. Coming in seventh was Tamara Rodriguez at a time of 30.99 seconds. Three more Eagles followed in, sophomore Lisa Pawlowski at 32.74, Kaitlin Prescott at 34.49, and Isabella Comeau at 35.10.
Husson filled up the lanes in the 400-meter dash after only having one Eagle compete in the event at the previous Invitational. Five Eagles competed as junior Jessica Dessert and freshman Allison Kondracki landed second and third with times of 1:10.12 and 1:12.09. Finishing one after another was senior Morgan Clifford at 1:15.30, Prescott at 1:16.18, and freshman Jessica Giffen at 1:21.14 for fifth, sixth, and seventh.
Clifford was the lone Eagle to tackle a long distance race, taking on the 800 meter run with a respectable time of 2:57.05 for fifth.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Comeau ran a consistent time of 10.69 seconds, just milliseconds off from her last time competing.
Husson practiced their 4x200-meter relay racing unopposed with the team consisting of; freshman Nikayla Abruzzese, Rodriguez, Pawlowski, and Desjardins taking up the rear. The team posted a 2:10.79 finish.
In the field events, Pawlowski tied for third clearing 1.42 meters while Giffen was just short of her height at 1.32 m.
Three student-athletes took on pole vault as Dessert soared over 2.75 meters to tie for fourth. In sixth, senior Jaclyn MacDonald notched 2.45 m and Comeau 1.85 m.
Jordan Durant and Rodriguez both took on long jump and triple jump, surpassing both their jumps from the last meet in the long jump. Durant came out ahead, earning third in each event, covering 4.59 meters in the long jump and 9.26 meters in the triple jump. Rodriguez took home seventh in the long jump covering 4.45 m and 9.23 m in the triple for fourth. Coming out on top for Husson in the triple jump was Kondracki finishing in second place with 9.46 meter jump.
Exceeding her shot put throw by over one meter from her first collegiate throw in the last meet, Capozzi not only earned first place in the event, but she also threw the shot put far enough to qualify her for the DIII New England Championships. The freshman maintained consistency tossing the weight 11.23 meters for second place, the same distance as in her first collegiate meet. Trailing behind her in the same order in both events was sophomore Megan Bataran and freshman Erin Kashian. Bataran took home second in shot put with 9.90 m and third in weight throw with 10.77 m. Kashian saw an impressive improvement in both events, tossing the shot put 7.40 m (fourth) and the weight 9.20 m (fourth).
The women's indoor track & field team will travel to Brunswick Maine next weekend for the Bowdoin Invitational I at Bowdoin College on Saturday, Jan. 13.