Eagles Take Fourth at Aloha Relays

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BRUNSWICK, Maine—The women's track and field team took fourth place in the Aloha Relays at Bowdoin College, their strongest showing ever in the relay meet.

Athletes across a wide variety of different events contributed to the strong finish for the Eagles.  Brooke Hoople had a big day in the sprinting events, winning the 400-meter dash and coming back to take second in the 200-meter dash.  Hoople ran a time of 58.57 in the 400 to take the win, and crossed the line in 26.74 in the 200.

Not to be outdone, teammate Leah Desjardins also ran phenomenally in the sprints.  Desjardins trailed just behind Hoople in the 200, finishing in fourth with a time of 27.35 while also taking second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.17.  Shea Curley also placed in the 100, running 14.00.

The throwing events proved to be another highlight for the Eagles as they showed depth and versatility across each event.  Erin Ellison had a huge day, taking first in the shot put with a new school record of 11.77 meters, following that up with a strong second-place showing in the hammer throw.  Faith Burnett also placed for the Eagles in the shot put, throwing 10.67 meters.

Kerianne Downing led the way for Husson in the javelin, tossing the implement out to a distance of 30.10 meters to set a new personal best in the event and snag third place.  Downing showed her versatility throughout the meet, also taking second place in high jump after leaping over the bar at 1.48 meters and fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

In the distance events the highlight was Morgan Clifford, who took fifth in the grueling 3000-meter steeplechase event with a time of 13:35:27.

Both relays nabbed top-five finishes for the Eagles on the day, a sign of their depth in the sprinting events.  The 4x100-meter relay team of Curley, Desjardins, Arianna McKinnon and Casey Modery ran to a third-place finish in a time of 52.67.  The 4x400-meter team of Downing, Hoople, Adreona Daniels, and Paige Rainford ended the meet placing fourth with a time of 4:47.02.

Husson will be back in action Sun. Apr. 30 in the NAC Championship at Colby-Sawyer College where they'll look t0 continue their strong performances.