GORHAM, MAINE - The women of Husson University Track and Field have a habit of exceeding expectations, and the results of the first meet of 2017 are no different.
The events, which took place at the University of Southern Maine, included nine finishes in the top three for Husson athletes. In the 55 meter dash, Leah Desjardins, a Freshman, quickly led the pack. Finishing fourth overall, Desjardins came within .01 seconds of the school record with a time of 7.66 seconds. In fifth place, Brooke Hoople, a Senior, finished just off of her personal record with a time of 7.81seconds.
In the 200 meter dash, Hoople finished second with an impressive time of 27.33 seconds. Desjardins secured a Husson top 10 time in third place with a time of 28.22 seconds, as did Shea Curley, a Sophomore, with her time of 29.83 seconds.
The 400 meter dash saw a new school record when Freshman Heidi Ntengeri placed second with her time of 1:05.80. Morgan Clifford, a Junior, rounded out the Husson field with a sixth place finish at 1:10.70, which secured her a new personal best time and a Husson top 10 spot.
In the pole vault, long jump, triple jump, and high jump, Husson also saw respectable finishes. Senior Jaclyn MacDonald placed sixth in pole vault, Senior Casey Modery placed fifth in long jump and fourth in triple jump, and Freshman Lisa Pawlowski and Desjardins tied for second in the high jump with Senior Kelly Kashian close behind in fourth place.
Senior Erin Ellison placed third in shot put with 10.74 meters, while Junior Faith Burnett set an indoor personal record with a fourth place 10.59 meters. Freshman Megan Bataran threw for 10.02 meters which qualified her for sixth place in the event.
Ellison continued to demonstrate her prowess in the weight throw as she began this 2017 season with a 14.68 meter throw, earning her qualification in New England Division III. Burnett threw for 12.08 meters which secured her fifth place and a personal best. Bataran finished seventh with 8.83 meters and Freshman Megan Gale received ninth place with 7.45 meters.
Husson also placed well in both the 4x200 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay, an event that the Husson women's track and field team competed in for the first time indoors at this meet. With a second place finish overall, Modery, Hoople, Curley, and Desjardins set a new school record with a time of 1:52.40 in the 4x200 meter relay. Ntengeri, Kashian, Hoople, and Clifford placed third overall in the 4x400 meter relay.
" Our freshmen and sophomore produced 11 performances that belong on the Husson top 10 list," said Kate Goupee, Husson Women's Head Track and Field Coach. "Our upperclassmen, all of which are top ten performers for Husson already, opened the season with marks on the track and in the field that matched or surpassed last year's marks at the same meet. Husson Track and Field really is off to a great start!"
Both the athletes and the coaches look forward to the next meet on January 7 at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.