HOOKSETT, N.H. / WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Husson University women's outdoor track & field team divided and conquered this weekend, as half the team competed at the SNHU Penman Relays in N.H. while the other half stayed in Maine at the Maine Small School Open hosted by Thomas College. An eventful Saturday for the Eagles, Husson brought home 2nd place with 11 student-athletes racking up 132 points while facing five competitor schools in Maine. At the Penman Relays, taking on DII and DIII schools, the remaining nine student-athletes brought in 39 points for 8th place.
SNHU Penman Relays
Leah Desjardins led the Eagles at the Penman Relays, taking home 2nd in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.19 seconds and 3rd in the 200-meter dash, crossing in at 27.32 seconds. Desjardins also helped her 4x100-meter relay team come in 7th (52.22), alongside teammates Shea Curley, Arianna McKinnon, and Adreona Daniels. Both McKinnon and Daniels were huge factors in the Eagles notching a top-ten time in Husson program history in both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Maddie Page and Allison Kondracki were the other legs of the relay to help achieve a time of 4:33.25 (9th).
Tackling the 3000-meter steeplechase, Morgan Clifford finished the race in 13:40.01 for 4th. To finish out the track events, Kondracki took 5th (1:13.48) and Jessica Dessert captured 8th (1:17.11) in the 400-meter hurdles.
In the field, Faith Burnett set a new personal record and knocked off the 2nd best throw in school history with her 40.48 meter throw of the hammer, good enough for 2nd place. Dessert brought home points for Husson in pole vault, capturing 5th after clearing 2.75 meters.
Maine Small School Open
The Eagles dominated at Thomas College, posting especially impressive performances in the field. Husson even swept the scoreboard in triple jump, capturing the top three scores. Tamara Rodriguez jumped the furthest, clearing 9.98 meters while Shie Smith and Jordan Durant trailed with 9.64m and 9.55m. Durant and Rodriguez also cleared the top spots in long jump, with Durant (4.33m) barely jumping 0.01 meters further than Rodriguez (4.32m) for 1st and 2nd.
Erin Kashian displayed skill in all three throwing events she competed in which included, whipping out the discus 27.62 meters (3rd), chucking the hammer 25.99 meters (2nd), and pushing out the javelin 19.96 meters (4th).
Another star Eagle, competing in events all over the board, was Rodriguez. By the end of the day, she placed in four different events, including two field and two track. The junior earned 3rd in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 14.21, as well as the javelin throw (20.15m). She also competed as one of the legs in the 4x100-meter relay to help her team take 2nd place (57.44). Smith, Durant, and Nikayla Abruzzese raced the other three legs around the track for the relay.
Four different Eagles took on the 4x400-meter relay with their team including Madison Cole, Shannon Staples, Katherine Camire, and Kelly Broe. The last teammate crossed in with a total time of 14:03.01 for 3rd place. All four of these Eagles all competed in additional running events on their own. Smith set her sights on shorter distance dashes, taking 3rd in the 400-meter (1:09.62) and 5th in the 200-meter (29.76). Cole took care of the middle distance runs, winning the 1500-meter with a time of 5:53.95 and then earning 5th in the 800-meter (2:59.74). Tackling the longest distance events were Camire and Broe following in one after the other. Camire crossed the finish line at 24:06.15 for 3rd and Broe in 4th at 25:01.07.
The Eagles will be competing at the Aloha Relays next Saturday, April 21 at Bowdoin College.