Eagles Set Several New Program Records at UMaine Invitational

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

ORONO, Maine – The women's indoor track & field squad placed in the top-five in nearly every single event at the non-scoring invitational at the University of Maine on Sunday. 

Leah Desjardins was the lone Eagle to win an event as she sped across in the finish line in 8.0 seconds in the 60-meter dash. Shea Curley followed in shortly after as the sixth runner hitting a new personal best time of 8.36 seconds to move her to fourth in HU history. Desjardins and Curley both ran a leg in the 4x200-meter relay passing the baton off to Shie Smith and Allison Kondracki for the win in 1:57.10. 

Setting a season best on the track, Izzy Jackson took third in the mile run (6:13.45) while Renee Dostal was the next runner to cross the finish line less than a minute later (6:14.39). Taking up the rear, Mariah Davis set a new personal mark of 6:36.65 (5th). 

Closing out the running events, Bree Sautter, Emily Banks, and Maja Hoglund took fourth (1:09.29), fifth (1:10.88), and sixth (1:28.81) in the 400-meter dash. Banks raced in for a new personal record time. Taking on a longer distance, both Julia Glisson and Jessie Dessert set personal bests in the 800-meter run as Glisson also set a new school record finishing in 2:29.39 (4th) and Dessert crossed in at 2:49.15 (6th) which ranks her seventh in HU history. Glisson also kicked off the opening leg of the 4x400-meter relay passing the baton off to Jackson, then Sautter, and Dessert. The group of four took home second with a final time of 4:41.47.

Dessert also competed in two more events, setting a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles as she pushed herself for an 11.59 time (5th), just hundredths of a second behind teammate Bella Comeau at 11.51 seconds (4th). The senior swapped leads in the pole vault with Comeau as she took fourth with a 2.59 vault. Lisa Pawlowski and Comeau seized fifth and sixth clearing 2.13 meters and 1.98 m. 

In the jumping events, Jordan Durant, Kondracki, and Smith brought in fourth, fifth, and sixth in triple jump, skipping and hopping to 9.93 meters, 9.68 m, and 9.53m. Kondracki then pushed off hard enough to soar to second place in the long jump as she shattered the previous school record with her 9.94-meter jump.

Showing off some incredible strength, Megan Bataran and Christine Hamza both competed in the shot put and weight throw. In shot put, Bataran heaved the ball to a new personal best mark of 10.82 m for second place and Hamza snagged third with her 9.65-meter toss. The duo proceeded to take fifth and sixth in the weight throw with Bataran once against leading the way as she sent it 12.04 m and Hamza tossed the weight 10.42 m. 

The women's indoor track & field program will be sending one lone Eagle to compete individually on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd at the New England Division III Championship. Junior Leah Desjardins will be representing the Eagles in the 60-meter dash at Bowdoin College. Joining her will be Shie Smith, Shea Curley, and Allison Kondracki as the four qualified in the 4x200-meter relay.