Medford, MA - The Husson University track and field team traveled to Tufts University this weekend to take part in the annual Snowflake Classic. The team's first ever contest was a day filled with many strong and fearless performances. Competing in events events with over 60 competitors from NCAA Division I, II and III, the Eagles held their own and posted quality efforts in all three event groups.
In the distance and mid-distance, Chrissy Larrabee (Brooks, ME) was the standout for the Husson team, finishing in the top half of the field in both the 800m and the 1500m. Alecia Palmer (Presque Isle, ME) and Moly Frankinburger (Lebanon, CT) also posted solid times of 19:51 (24th) and 20:08 (28th) in the 5000m.
The top performer for the sprints group was Dem Rideout (Norway, ME), posting times of 17:87 (16th) in the 100m Hurdles and 14.07 in the 100m, and was Husson's only athlete to jump the meet minimum distance of 4.5m in the long jump. Other notable times in the sprints were turned in by Kristen Lawrence (Manchester, NH) who ran the 100m in 13.95 and Suze Van Dine (Glenburn, ME) who finished the 200m at 28.96.
Undoubtedly, the best performances of the meet were turned in by the throwers, led by senior Alex Barner (Woodstock, CT). Barner made the finals in both the javelin and shot put. She placed 7th in the javelin with a throw of 35.2m, just two meters shy of the event champion. Barner also threw the shot put 10.88m, good for 9th place in the event. Other quality efforts were made by Diana Kruszewski (Auburn, ME) in the javelin, finishing at 15th place with a throw of 30.35m and Sarah LaPlante (Wallingford, CT) and Madison McCutcheon (Dresden, ME) each finished strong in the discus, throwing 26.5m and 25.85m respectively.
The Eagles will compete again on April 7th when they travel to UMass Lowell to compete in the George Davis Invitational.