Track and Field to Compete at New England Regional Championships (Friday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the New England Regional Track Championships on Friday, Feb. 28thand Saturday, March 1st at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center in Boston, Mass.
The men's track team enters the competition fresh off a fourth-place finish at the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. This week, the Wildcats look for big things from senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), juniors John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.), Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.), and Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.), and sophomoreD'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.).
Jumpp looks to build off his success at the America East Championships. The senior thrower grabbed a third-place finish with a personal-best toss of 59-feet and .75-inches. During the indoor season, Jumpp has recorded seven top-five finishes.
Prizzi enters New England's following a first-place performance in the 3,000-meter event at the America East Championships. The UNH junior recorded a mark of 8:20.43 to capture first in the event. On the year, Prizzi has posted six victories, two in the 3,000, two in the mile, and two with relay.
The Wildcats also expect big things from Penn during the regional meet. Penn was very successful last weekend for the Wildcats, placing in two events over the two-day meet. The junior opened the meet by placing second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.67 seconds. Penn followed by placing fifth with the 4x400 relay squad in 3:21.80.
Moretti will be another weapon for UNH over the weekend. The Wildcats' distance runner has come on strong in the past couple weeks, including a pair of top-eight finishes for UNH at conference championships last weekend. Moretti took fourth in the 5,000-meter race on day one before earning seventh in the 3,000-meter event.
McFadden also looks to be a factor for the Wildcats over the weekend. The sophomore sprinter enters this weekend's meet following a pair of top-eight finishes at the America East Championships. McFadden claimed third in the 60-meter high hurdles event with a personal-best time of 8.27 seconds. He also helped the 4x400 relay team to a fifth place finish with a total time of 3:21.80.
The women enter Friday's New England Championships looking to build off of its fourth-place finish at the America East Championships. Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.), junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.), and the distance medley relay team of Cassie Kruse (Hampshire Ill.), Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.), Hannah Kimball(Atkinson, N.H.), and Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.) aim to pace the Wildcats over the weekend.
Perrodin comes into Regionals following a school-record performance in the 60-meter dash at the AE Championships. The UNH sophomore claimed second place in the event with a 7.63-second time, but posted a school-record time of 7.56 seconds during the preliminary round. During the entire indoor season, Perrodin has collected 10 top-eight finishes for the Wildcats in various events.
Salley will also compete in New Englands after scoring a school-record mark during last week's conference championships. The UNH jumper claimed second place in the high jump event, matching a school record measurement of 5-feet and 7-inches for UNH. The second-place finish was Salley's fifth top-eight finish in the high jump during the indoor season.
UNH will also bring its record-breaking distance medley relay squad to this weekend's meet. At AE Championships, the DMR posted a school-record time of 11:31.55, besting the previous record of 11:36.04 that was posted last year. Kruse enters the meet after taking fourth in the 800-meter race at the Conference meet. Szymanski is slated to run over the weekend after taking third in the 1,000-meter race (2:53.64) and first with the DMR last weekend. Kimball, who ran the 800-meter leg in last week's DMR, will most likely run the same leg at New Englands. Hunt will be the final member of the DMR this week after helping the 4x800 relay team to a 9:14.93 time and second place at conference championships.
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