LOS ANGELES – The men's and women's outdoor track & field team displayed an incredible start to their spring season with stellar performances from both freshman and returning veterans out in sunny California in the Occidental College Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. For the past week, the Eagles have been exploring and adventuring all over L.A. during their spring break, passing the time in anticipation for the first meet of the year.
In a meet featuring around thirty teams, the women saw five student-athletes finish in the top ten in different events.
Leading the way for the Eagles was Brooke Hoople taking an impressive third place finish in the 400-meter with a speedy time of 58.94 seconds, only .01 seconds away from the second place time. Not only did she qualify for the Division III (DIII) New England (NE) Championships in the first meet, but Hoople also posted the highest finish of the day for both men and women from Husson.
Also qualifying for the DIII NE Championships, were Erin Ellison and Leah Desjardins. Ellison walked away with fourth place in shot put after tossing it 11.24 meters, setting a new personal record in addition to a new school record for Husson in outdoor track & field shot put. Desjardins took home tenth in the 100-meter dash, sprinting the distance in 12.81 seconds, also setting a new personal and school record for the Eagles. She is the very first student-athlete in program history to qualify for the DIII NE Championships in the 100-meter.
In the jumping events, Husson featured two seventh place finishers. Kerianne Downing captured seventh in the high jump, clearing 1.47 meters. While over in triple jump, Casey Modery took home seventh, leaping 9.99 meters.
Overall, a successful spring break for the Eagles track & field team. The Eagles will have several weeks to recuperate until they compete again on April 8th.