Fitchburg, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's track & field team competed at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational at Fitchburg State University on Saturday. The Hornets finished in 10th place with a total of 17 points. Keene State College took team honors with 146 points, topping the University of New Haven and Rhode Island College, who finished with 133.5 and 124 points respectively.
Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH), competing for the first time this season, took first place in the Javelin Throw with a mark of 35.83 meters. In the process she qualified for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships for the 3rd straight year.
Jessica Hillman (Gardiner, ME) competed in the 100 Meter Hurdles and Long Jump. In the Hurdles, she clocked 18.12 seconds to break her own school record while finishing in 7th place. She placed 13th in the Long Jump with a mark of 4.58 meters
Zosia Prince (Sutton, VT) finished in 4th place in the 5,000 Meter Run with a time of 21:03.71.
Hornet head coach Hayden Bunnell was encouraged by today's resuts. "Abby surprised and didn't surprose me today because she usually brings out performances like that, but for her to qualify for New Englands with minimum practices after recovering from a previous concussion surprised me. Jessica did well in the hurdles, but we still need more practice, and hopefully we can get on the track soon to do longer hurdle intervals. In the Long Jump, she managed to match her mark from last week and we are still looking to find improvement there as well. In spite Zosia being a little under the weather today, she still kept a good pace to finish 4th, and I think she will be much faster in the next few weeks."
The Hornets will return to competition next Saturday at the Penmen Relays, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.