Springfield, MA - Eight Husson University women's outdoor track & field athletes represented the Eagles at the 2014 New England Division III Championships hosted by Springfield College on Friday and Saturday. This was the first postseason qualifying meet for the Eagles in 2014.
Overall the team scored nine points, finishing in 26th place. MIT won the championship with 132 points, Williams finished second with 85 points and Tufts took third with 50 points. Middlebury (47) and Bates (45) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Sarah LaPlante (Wallingford, CT) started Husson on the right track on Friday as she finished sixth in the javelin throw. She threw 38.02 meters and scored three points.Teammate Diana Kruszewski (Auburn, ME) took tenth place with a throw of 33.61 meters, and Haley Prygrocki and Taylor Zeigler-Miller (Bucksport, ME) also competed in the event for the Eagles.
On Saturday, Brooke Hoople (Bedford, NH) placed fifth in the 400 meter dash with a school record and personal record of 57.88 seconds. She qualified for both the Open New England and ECAC Division III Championship meets while posting a two second improvement to her time, ranking her 53rd in the country as a freshman.
Chrissy Larrabee (Brooks, ME) finished seventh in the 800 meter with a new school record and PR. She also qualified for ECACs with a time of 2:17.24. This three second improvement ranks her 77th in the nation in the 800.
In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Alecia Palmer (Presque Isle, ME) finished ninth, breaking her own school and personal record by 21 seconds. She qualified for ECAC's with her time of 11:45.56.
Finally, in the last event of the day, the 4x400 team finished 15th, setting a new school record by six seconds in a time of 4:11.12. Kelsey Brangiel (Newmarket, NH), Palmer, Hoople, and Larrabee ran for the Eagles.
Tri-interim head coach Alex Barner said of the Eagles' weekend, "Our team finished in the top 30 of all Division III teams in New England, which is awesome! We are so proud of the athletes. We continue to put Husson on the map and today was a banner day. These Husson student-athletes represented our school in fine fashion."
Next weekend, the qualifiers will head to Westfield State University for the Open New England Championships.