Eagles Divide and Conquer Maine as Ladies Take Third at Bates Invitational

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

LEWISTON, Maine – Husson split the women's indoor track & field team this weekend to divide and conquer the competition in Maine, as half of the ladies competed at the Bates Invitational against three other schools while the others went to Colby College for the Thomas Small School Open. Sophomore Emily Banks left a day early to start competition on Friday evening in her first Pentathlon. She helped Husson bring home third place with 55 points as a team. 

By the end of two days of five events, Banks accumulated 1,847 points in the pentathlon. She excelled in the 800-meter run with her time of 2:48.25 and finished the sprinting event of 60-meter hurdles in 11.97 seconds. Her three events in the field included a 3.54-meter push off in long jump, 7.55-meter heave in shot put, and she cleared 1.29 meters in the high jump. 

Bringing home 14 points in the field for Husson, Megan Bataran took on the weight throw and sent it flying 11.39 meters for 10 points and grabbed another four with her fourth-place toss in shot put of 9.51 meters. In the jumping events, Allison Kondracki captured eight points between her third-place triple jump of 9.61 meters and ninth-place long jump of 4.61 meters, marking in the same spot as her teammate Payton Goodwin (8th). To cap off the field events, Lisa Pawlowski took eighth (1.41m) in the high jump. 

Tackling a team running event, the flock of Norah Garvey, Rosie Train, Leah Desjardins, and Goodwin were just a few tenths of a second off from breaking a new program record for Husson in the 4x400-meter relay with their time of 4:32.83 which was good enough for fourth. Both Desjardins and Willow Whitten each entered into a pair of individual running events, as well. Desjardins swiped second in the 60-meter dash sprinting to the tune of 8.32 seconds and then finished the 200-meter dash in 28.47 seconds for third. A fellow sprinter, Whitton leapt over the hurdles in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.94 seconds and crossed the finish line in the 400-meter dash in 1:07.31 (5th). 

Husson's longer distance runners, Sarah Kohl and Garvey finished respectively in their events. Kohl gathered two points for the Green and Gold in the 3000-meter run as she crossed the finish line in 11:44.54 (5th) while Garvey grabbed seventh in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:47.25.

The Eagles will return to the University of Southern Maine for their second trip this season as they opened at USM back in December. Competition will take place on Saturday, January 25th for the Southern Maine Invitational #2.