Track & Field Squads Ready for America East Championship
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's indoor track & field teams will compete in the America East Indoor Track & Field Championship this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center.
The women's squad finished third at the 2010 America East Championship, and was picked fourth in the preseason poll. The Wildcats can expect solid finishes from seniors Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.). Ciambra, who boasts the top mark in the conference this season in the pole vault at 13 feet, 1.75 inches, won the event at both the 2008 and 2009 America East Championships. Quarles is currently the No. 2 qualifier in the triple jump with a mark of 39-11.25, a leap that set a new school record Feb. 11 at the Track & Tennis Center.
The men's team was selected fifth in the preseason coaches' poll after a fourth-place showing at the conference championship in 2010. The Wildcats will look for points from sophomore high jumpers Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) and Jason Guarente (Saugus, Mass.). Matthew set the conference's top mark of the season when he cleared a height of 6-8.25. Meanwhile, Jason ranks fifth with a season-best leap of 6-6. In the throws, senior Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) ranks second in the conference in the weight throw, while sophomore Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) checks in at No. 3 in both the weight throw and shot put.