Women’s Track ‘ Field: Hurdlers take USF Invitational

Women’s Track ‘ Field: Hurdlers take USF Invitational

By Cynthia Retamozo

The women’s track ‘ field team placed 15th out of 49 teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center March 4.

On March 9 they traveled to Tampa for the non-scoring University of South Florida Track and Field Invitational (USF) for their first meet of the outdoor season.

“Our mindset was on Florida,” said head coach Sherman Hart. “We were getting ready for the outdoor season.”

Senior Aquila Williams-Judge echoed her coach’s thoughts.

“We did well and brought a select few to the ECACs,” Williams-Judge said. “But everyone had better performances in Florida.”

Leading the Huskies in the ECAC was junior Tramaine Shaw, who placed third and set a new personal best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.64 seconds.

Senior Shanae Henry placed sixth in the 60-meter dash (7.66) with freshman Consondria Walker finishing right behind in seventh and setting a new personal record (7.68).

In the shot put, senior Zara Northover placed fifth (14.60m).

The 4×400 relay team placed seventh with a time of 3:48.36 and consisted of Henry, freshman Celeste Holder, Shaw and senior DaviAnn Brown. The 4×800 team also placed seventh with a time of 9:11.76, and consisted of senior Natalee Pennicooke, junior Laura McCloskey, senior Erin Ballard and sophomore Amber Gibney.

At the USF Invitational, several of the Huskies qualified for the outdoor ECACs, including Williams-Judge, who won the 100-meter hurdles (14.23s).

Henry also qualified, placing second in the 400-meter dash (57.06). The 4×100 relay team (47.31), which consisted of Henry, Williams-Judge, Shaw and Walker, will travel to the outdoor ECACs as well.

Walker also qualified for the outdoor ECACs after placing second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.16 seconds.

“The USF was fun,” Walker said. “Florida was a big start for the outdoor season.”

The Huskies will compete in the Hurricane Invitational this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Miami. Walker said although it is a new season with a new outdoor environment, she remains focused and is not intimidated.

“I’ll just go in and do what I do,” she said. “I’ll just go in like any other meet.”

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