DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire track and field teams will compete in the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center. Events are scheduled to start Friday morning at 10 a.m. with the women's pentathlon.
The men's squad finished fifth at the 2011 America East Championships, and was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll. Senior Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) will lead the men's team in the field, as he remains undefeated in the shot put this season, racking up five America East Field Performer of the Week honors. At last week's home tri-meet, he finished first in the event with a personal-best toss of 60-03.00, breaking the school-record he set at the Dartmouth Invitational (Feb.4). Paey has already qualified for the IC4A Championships this season and has also reached the NCAA provisional mark for the automatic qualification in the event.
Senior Sean Mitchell (Milford, Mass.) and sophomore Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) will lead the men's side on the track. Mitchell recently placed fourth overall in a field of 47 with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.76 at the Boston University Valentine Invitational last weekend. Greene recorded an 18th-place finish in the 800 meters at the Valentine Invite, also qualifying for IC4As. Greene, who has demonstrated his versatility throughout the season, has added four top-three finishes in three different events this winter.
Freshman D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) is also expected to be a main factor in his first go-around at the America East Championships. McFadden recently sprinted the 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 8.35, earning him first-place at the Dartmouth Classic (Feb.4). He also took seventh overall in the event at the Valentine Invite.
The women's squad was selected to finish third in the preseason poll after a fourth-place showing at the 2011 indoor championships, and is led by a trio of veteran distance runners. The tandem consists of graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia), senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) and junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.).
Letourneau has set a pair of school-records this season, including a victory in the 1,000 meters at a home quad-meet against Holy Cross, Stonehill, and Worcester State. She crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:48.16, breaking both the indoor school record and the facility record. She most recently set the school mark in the mile at the Valentine Invite, as she placed seventh in the 143-runner field in a time of 4:45.82, which broke the previous school record 4:49.80 set by Amy DeCamp in 2001.
Fitzpatrick, who earned all-conference cross country honors in the fall, broke the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Terrier Classic. She finished fourth in a time of 16:17.62. The record-breaking run also qualified her for the ECAC Championships.
After a strong cross country campaign, Maguire has continued to shine on the track this winter, as she has posted a top finish in the mile and turned-in a third-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Terrier Classic, running in a time of 9:36.35 for the third fastest time in the history of the program.
The throwing duo of junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) and senior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) is expected to lead the women's side in the field this weekend.
At the Terrier Invite, Read placed ninth with a throw of 52-5.50, and on the same day finished sixth with a toss of 50-10.25 at the Boston Indoor Games. She most recently finished first in the weight throw with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 53-11.25 against Vermont and Maine on Feb. 11.
Pothier, who also pulled double-duty in the weight throw with Read, placed 13th overall in at the Terrier Invite with a throw of 50-3.50 and seventh at the indoor games with a throw of 50-8.25. She earned second place in the weight-throw at last weekend's tri-meet with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 53-04.25.
For more information, and live stats, visit the official America East Championship page at www.americaeast.com.