Track and Field Set For America East Indoor Championships (Sunday, Feb. 24)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's and women's indoor track and field teams are set to compete for the America East Indoor Championships from Sunday Feb. 24th to Monday the 25th at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y.
Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), juniors John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.), Jeffrey Moretti(Guilford, Conn.), and Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.), and sophomore D'mahl McFadden(Penacook, N.H.) look to lead the men into competition.
Jumpp enters the meet seeded fifth in the weight throw. The Wildcat senior has placed in the top-three four times so far this season, including two second-place finishes. Earlier this year Jumpp earned a personal-best throw of 17.62 meters to take seventh at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
Prizzi and Moretti are both seeded in the top-eight of the 3,000-meter race heading into Sunday's meet. Prizzi takes the first seed with a season-best and personal-best time of 8-minutes and 14.71-seconds, which he recorded two weeks ago at Boston University. Moretti will be seeded eighth in the event on Sunday. The Connecticut native posted his season-best time of 8:24.97, which he registered at BU two weeks ago.
Prizzi will also be seeded in the top-eight in the mile race. Earlier this year, Prizzi posted a personal-best time of 4:13.89 in a first place effort at the Joe Donahue Games. His time of 4:13.89 is good for eighth best in the America East this season.
A pair of sprinters will also look for success at the Armory. McFadden enters the meet seeded in the top-eight of two events, the 200-meter dash and the 60-meter high hurdles. The New Hampshire sophomore will be seeded seventh in the 200 after posting a 22.42-second time at the Valentine Invitational. He will also be seeded third in the 60-meter high hurdles after taking third place in 7.19 seconds at the Maine-UNH dual meet last weekend.
Penn earned himself the fourth seed in the 400-meter dash earlier this year at the Valentine Invitational. The New Hampshire junior posted a season-best and personal-best time of 48.60 seconds.
On the women's side, seniors Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.), and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.), junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.), and freshmanElinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) are all seeded in the top-eight for UNH heading into the championships.
Bonsaint will compete in the long jump and the pentathlon for the Wildcats during the meet. The senior heads into the championships seeded 11th in the long jump after posting a season best mark of 16-feet and 11.5-inches. She will also have the seventh seed in the pentathlon after taking third place in the event at the UNH-Maine dual meet in December.
Liset looks to make some noise for the Wildcats in the weight throw this weekend. The senior thrower enters the meet seeded fourth in the event after posting a personal-best measurement of 15.43-meters at Boston University two weekends ago.
The Wildcats also expect a solid performance from Beattie, who is seeded in two events. The senior will enter eighth in the mile and second in the 3,000-meter race. Beattie posted a 5:01.46 mark in the UNH-Holy Cross dual meet to earn eighth in the mile and a 9:52.50 time to grab the second seed in the 3,000.
Lavellee enters the meet seeded in the top-five of two events. The junior multi-events athlete will be seeded fifth in the 60-meter high hurdles after she earned an 8.95-second time at the Joe Donahue Games. She will also be the third seed in the pentathlon thanks to a first-place finish in the pentathlon at the UNH-Maine dual meet earlier this season.
Purrier will also star for UNH over the three-day competition as she is seeded in the top-three of three events. The freshman distance runner will take a first-seed in the 1,000-meter event, a second-seed in the mile race, and a third-seed in the 800-meter race into the championships.
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