Bangor, ME - The 2013-2014 women's indoor track and field season season began on October 21, with a squad double the size of last year's group. The bulk of the new athletes are in the sprints and jumps, an area that has not had much depth in the first two years of the program.
The Eagles will open this winter at UMass Boston on December 7 at the Reggie Lewis Center. The first event is very sprint heavy with eight athletes competing in the 60m and the 200m. In the first season of indoor track and field, Husson lacked depth in the sprinter department, with Kristen Lawrence and Megan Darcy shouldering much of the responsibility. These two upperclassmen will have support from Brooke Hoople (200m/400m), Gabrielle Bryant (60m/200m), Erin Bolduc (60mH/200m), Aisling Stephenson (60m/200m/Multi), and Kerianne Downing (60mH/200m/Multi) in the short and long sprints this winter and spring. This group of talented first years will allow for relay flexibility as well as the ability to run a A, B and in some cases even a C 4x100m Relay.
The field events are much improved this year, as well, with the addition of some strong throwers and two state champion jumpers. First years Courtney Lizotte (Pole Vault) and Casey Modrey (Triple Jump) will look to made an immediate impact in the regional meet. Courtney won the Maine State Indoor title her senior year with a vault of 10'6". She will be looking to clear 11-plus feet this year and qualify for post season at the ECAC level. Casey, Courtney's high school teammate, won the state triple jump title this last spring and will look to better her marks in the long, high and triple jump. In the throws, we have a solid group of returners lead by Diana Kruszewski and Sarah LaPlante. Both have been very close to post-season qualifications in the past and they intend to spend a lot of time on their skills in the weight throw. First year Erin Ellison has shown the coaching staff her ability this winter, as well. Erin was recruited for her ability in the shot having qualified for New England's in that event, but she is proving to be quite the weight thrower, too. Look for her to really impress the field at the opener on Dec 7.
Head coach Chris Wood is excited about the upcoming season, saying, "This group of athletes has the most talent of any team we have had to date and will only get stronger as we begin to add our distance team back into the fold in February. This should be a very successful year and the staff is hopeful that talent will outshine youth this winter and spring."
The complete women's indoor track and field schedule for 2013-14 can be found here.