BANGOR, Maine- The next top moment of the 2017-18 athletic season for Husson University took place on April 29th as the Men and Women's Outdoor Track and Field teams were crown North Atlantic Conference Champions on a cold and rainy day at Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College.
The men's team won the championship, for the first time in program history, with 198 points while Colby-Sawyer, the two-time defending champions, finished second with 182 points. UMaine-Farmington placed third (127), followed by Castleton (49) in fourth, while Johnson and UMaine-Presque Isle tied for fifth with 12 points and Lyndon finished seventh (8). SUNY Delhi did not score in the meet as a team, but if an individual athlete won an event he was recognized as a NAC champion.
Husson's Robenson Saintard took home a pair of NAC titles in the sprints. After a time of 11.23 to be the top qualifier in the 100-meter dash prelims, Saintard lowered his time to win the finals in a New England qualifying time of 11.14. He followed with a victory in the 200-meter dash with another New England qualifying time of 22.73. In the 800-meter run, the Eagles received a top finish by Zach Hartman in a time of 2:02.33, while Cayd Wortman set a meet record in the 110-meter hurdles to win the event in a time of 16.12. Another meet record was set by the 4x100-meter relay team of Jake Dobos, Evan Chadbourne, Race Bouchard and Saintard, combining for a time of 43.55. Jeffrey Ward came away with a win in the long jump with a distance of 6.36 meters. In the hammer, Eric Hathaway posted a distance of 50.00 meters to smash the previous meet record of 41.45 meters. Justin Martin wrapped up the win for Husson by cruising to a convincing victory in the javelin. He won the event by almost nine meters after a throw of 53.09 meters.
Complete men's results of the event click here.
The women's team won the championship, for the second time in program history, with 207 points while Colby-Sawyer, the favorite going into the championship, posted 167 points for second. Castleton placed third (92), followed closely by UMaine-Farmington (91) in fourth, while Lyndon took fifth (18) and Johnson State (9) took sixth. UMaine-Presque Isle competed as a squad but did not record a team score, while SUNY Delhi did not score in the meet as a team, but if an individual athlete won an event she was recognized as a NAC champion.
Husson saw six athletes take home NAC Champion honors. Leah Desjardins took top honors in the 100-meter dash with a meet record time of 12.77. Eagle teammate Allison Kondracki was the 400-meter champion, recording a meet record time of 1:10.57, while Lisa Pawlowski recorded a height of 1.48 meters in the high jump for NAC Champion accolades. Maddie Page finished first in the pole vault with a meet record height of 2.88 meters, while Issy Capozzi threw the discus 31.98 meters and Faith Burnett tossed the hammer 41.48 meters, both earning first place.
Complete women's result of the event click here.
Both teams will look to repeat as conference championships in the 2018-19 outdoor track and field season.