BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Husson women's indoor track & field team took home two first place finishes in running events and countless top-five finishes at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday. Altogether, the Eagles accumulated 125 points at the meet to claim second place out of the six teams that competed.
Helping Husson win two events, sophomore Leah Desjardins raced to a speedy time of 8.09 seconds in the 60-meter dash for first place while also tying the school's program record. This impressive time was fast enough to qualify her for her second event at the Division III New England Championship in addition to the ECAC Championship. Later in the day, Desjardins competed as the second leg on Husson's 4x200-meter relay team along with junior Shea Curley, sophomore Tamara Rodriguez, and freshman Adreona Daniels. The team took first with a time of 1:53.16. Curley also raced in the 60-meter dash, coming in fourth at 8.67 seconds.
Desjardins continued to shine in the 200-meter dash leading her team in third place as she crossed the finish line with a time of 27.02 seconds. Both Daniels and Curley also earned points for the Eagles in fifth and sixth place, posting times of 28.99 and 29.04. Curley's time improved by nearly half a second for a new personal record.
Three Eagles posted top-five finishes in the 400-meter dash. Daniels recorded the fastest time of the day at 1:08.12 for second. Following up in fourth and fifth was senior Morgan Clifford (1:13.46) and freshman Jessica Giffen (1:20.71).
The lone Eagle competing in the 600-meter run, freshman Kaitlin Prescott finished the race in 2:10.46 (sixth). Another freshman competing on her own, Isabella Comeau sped through the 60-meter hurdles in 11.68 seconds for fourth while breaking a personal record.
To finish off the track events, Clifford, Daniels, freshman Allison Kondracki, and Prescott worked hard as a team to finish the 4x400-meter relay at a time fast enough for fourth in Husson program history (4:53.59).
Kicking off the field events, sophomore Lisa Pawlowski was the only Eagle to tackle the high jump. She brought home third place after clearing 1.39 meters.
Husson continued to gather points in pole vault, long jump, and triple jump, excelling with a pair of student-athletes ranking in the top-five in all three field events. In pole vault, senior Jaclyn MacDonald took fourth (2.45m) and Giffen fifth (2.00). In the two jumping events, freshman Jordan Durant led the Eagles with a personal record set in triple, 9.75m (second) and 4.55m (third) in long jump. Also setting personal bests, Rodriguez launched herself over 4.5m in the long jump (fourth) and Kondracki soared to 9.57m in triple (fifth). Durant and Kondracki now hold the second and third best triple jumps in Husson program history.
Finishing out the meet, Husson nearly swept the top six throws in shot put and weight throw as four Eagles placed. Taking second in shot put, freshman Issy Capozzi hit 11.11m and followed up with fifth in weight throw (10.47m). Husson also took second in weight throw thanks to senior Faith Burnett's 12.73m toss. She also earned third in shot put with 10.72m. Maintaining consistency, sophomore Megan Bataran took home fourth in both events, 10.83m (weight throw) and 10.61m (shot put) for a personal best. Closing out the events in the fifth (9.04m) in shot put and sixth (8.25m) in weight throw for a personal record, was freshman Alex Martinez.
The next meet for the women's indoor track & field team arrives in less than a week as they travel to Bates College on Friday, February 2, for the Maine Indoor State Championship.