Women's Indoor T&F Sprints into 2019 with Sixth Place at the Bowdoin Invitational I

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Taking on four top-20 ranked teams in New England last season, the Husson women's indoor track & field team brought home sixth place with 27 points as they competed against eight other schools at the Bowdoin Invitational I all day Saturday. 

Qualifying for the DIII New England Championship for her third-straight year in the 60-meter dash, Leah Desjardins sprinted to a third-place time of 8.04 seconds for a personal and school record, a mere one hundredth of a second away from the second-place runner. She continued her successes in the 200-meter where she ran to a fifth-place time of 27.55 seconds. Desjardins competed in her third race of the day alongside teammates Jordan Durant, Bree Sautter, and Shie Smith in the 4x200-meter relay. The four Eagles grabbed fifth place for a top-10 time in school history in the event with 1:57.67. Four different Eagles took on the 4x400-meter relay also taking fifth (4:50.36) with a time good enough for top-three in program history. It was a combined group effort by Julia Glisson, Jessie Dessert, Renee Dostal, and Danielle Scott for the two points for Husson. 

Husson performed very well in the jumping events with three different Eagles scoring points. Durant took sixth in both triple jump clearing 9.25 meters and long jump (4.48 m). Jumping just a little further in the long jump, teammate Allison Kondracki conquered 4.66 meters. Closing out the jumping events, Lisa Pawlowski leapt over 1.45 meters in the high jump for fifth. 

Christine Hamza joined Megan Bataran in the top-10 shot putters in program history as Hamza tied for fifth with a 10.05-meter throw and Bataran tossed out the shot put 10.14 meters for fourth. 

The Husson women begin a more consistent weekly competition schedule with Bates Invitational next Saturday, January 19th.