NEW LONDON, N.H.- Husson finished in second place by just half of a point in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Outdoor Track Championships at Colby-Sawyer College on Sunday.
Husson took a 2.5-point lead over Colby-Sawyer into the final event of the day, the shot put. Erin Ellison, Faith Burnett and Kerianne Downing all placed for the Eagles but Colby-Sawyer scored 17 points to Husson's 14 in the event to just barely edge out the Eagles 206 to 205.5.
Husson showed off their impressive depth in the sprinting events, collecting several key wins while also setting meet records. Leah Desjardins took home the gold in the 100-meter dash for the Eagles, running a meet record of 12.90 seconds en route to her win with teammate Brooke Hoople right behind her in second place.
Hoople collected two more sprinting wins for the Eagles as she won both the 200 and 400-meter dashes. Hoople broke the one-minute barrier in the 400 with a time of 59.96 before coming back to win the 200 with a meet record time of 26.95, her third straight championship in the event. Desjardins took second the in 200-meter dash while Adreona Daniels was second in the 400-meter dash.
Hoople wasn't the only Husson athlete to defend her title. Paige Rainford won the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight season, finishing in a time of 1:10.64.
Husson's depth was on full display during the relay events. Husson not only won both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays but set meet records in each event as well. Hoople, Desjardins, Shea Curley, and Arianna McKinnon came together in the 4x100-meter relay to run a winning time of 51.83. Hoople and McKinnon then came back to join Rainford and Adreona Daniels in the 4x400-meter relay and get the win, finishing in 4:18.61.
In addition to the sprints Husson had plenty of strong performances in the field events. Ellison won the hammer throw for the second straight season with a school-record toss of 46.05 meters. The mark not only won Ellison the event, but also qualifies her for the ECAC Championship meet.
Downing took home the conference title in high jump, soaring over 1.48 meters to get the win with teammates Casey Modery, Lisa Pawlowski and Kelly Kashian placing third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Downing also took second place in the 110-meter hurdles, with Modery finishing fourth. Modery continued her strong day with a second-place finish in the triple jump and added another second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.12 meters, a school record and a mark that qualifies her for the New England Championships.
Jessica Dessert also had a successful day for the Eagles in pole vault, winning the event with a clearance of 2.80 meters to go along with her fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.
In addition to her fourth-place finish in shot put, Burnett's mark qualifies her for the New England Championships. Burnett also had a strong showing in the discus throw, finishing fourth and setting a new school record of 30.86 meters.
Next up for Husson is the New England DIII Championships at Williams College Fri. May 5 where the Eagles will look to improve on their strong performances from the NAC Championship.