Women's Indoor Track Shows Powerful Performances at Bates Invitational

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

LEWISTON, Maine – The women's indoor track team set even more milestones this week at the Bates Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles took home second place with 119 points with twelve different athletes contributing.

Capturing the first points on the day for Husson was Leah Desjardins taking third place in the 60 meter dash at 8.21 seconds. Not far behind, Brooke Hoople had the race of her career, running a personal best 8.30 seconds in the preliminaries, yet finishing seventh overall in the finals at 8.52 seconds. Hoople's prelim time put her in second all-time top ten for Husson.

Hoople redeemed herself after coming up short by only .01 seconds last week in the 200 meter dash to qualify for the New England Division III Championships, and not only hit a time of 26.97 seconds to qualify, but also took home first in that event. In this event, Desjardins trailed Hoople taking second place with a time of 27.46 seconds, breaking a personal record (PR) as well as hitting all-time top ten for Husson.

It was a night of all-time scores for the Eagles, Heidi Ntengeri joined Hoople and Desjardings making second all-time top ten in sprints, with the 600 meter dash. She finished second at the meetwith a time of 1:48:93.

Morgan Clifford truly outdid herself on Saturday, crushing her past PR by nearly 20 seconds to take fourth in the 1000 meter run at 3:34:43. This also placed her in second in Husson's all-time top ten.

In the 60 meter hurdles, two athletes placed for the Eagles. Paige Rainford advanced to fourth place overall for Husson, along with claiming fourth at the meet at 11.84 seconds. Right on her tail was Jessie Dessert at 12.28 seconds for fifth place.

Finishing off the running events for the Eagles were Hoople, Clifford, Ntengeri, and Kelly Kashian in the 4x400 meters, seizing third place in 4:35:53.

In the jumping events (high jump, long jump, and triple jump), Husson saw some impressive finishes. Both Lisa Pawlowski and Kashian cleared 1.37 meters in the high jump leaving Pawlowski to take third and Kashian fourth. Casey Modery, dominated in the sand taking second twice, long jump of 4.78 meters and triple jump of 9.95 meters.

The Eagles saw two more athletes with the same height cleared in the pole vault. Both soared over 2.3 meters, with Dessert taking third and Jaclyn MacDonald fourth.

Erin Ellison had another successful meet, earning second in shot put at 11.29 meters and first in the weight throw with 14.95 meters. Also placing in shot put was Kerianne Downing tossing 10.13 meters for third place. As for the weight throw, Husson saw another athlete score with 12.54 meters, Faith Burnett took home third.

So far, Husson has five athletes who have already met the standards to qualify for the New England Division III Championships. The athletes will have another shot at the Bowdoin Invitational III next Saturday, January 28th at 1pm.