DURHAN, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams will begin the 2014 outdoor season on Saturday at 11 a.m. when they host an eight-team meet at the Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility.
This is the first of three home meets that UNH will host during the outdoor season. The University of Maine, Northeaster University, Holy Cross, the University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College, Bates College, and New England College will be participating in the meet.
UNH track opens the outdoor season after successful cross country and indoor campaigns. The women's cross country team captured both the America East Championship and the New England Championship, while the indoor squad claimed fourth at the conference meet.
Seniors Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.), Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) and Michelle Gearin (York, Maine) look to pace the Wildcats this weekend. Read, a hammer thrower for the Wildcats will look to perform well in her first outdoor meet since 2012. Reed has been one of the strongest competitors in the America East since she started competing in 2010. The senior captain has placed in all three America East Outdoor Championships that she has competed in, taking third in 2010, fourth in 2011, and second in 2012. Reed has also performed well at the New England Outdoor Championships, earning seventh at the 2011 meet and fourth at the 2012 meet.
Twombly, a senior distance runner who helped guide the cross country team to the America East Championship title during the fall, returns to the track after redshirting the indoor season. Twombly has seen great success over her three years on the outdoor track, claiming one New England individual title, placing in three more, and placing in three America East Championship events. Twombly captured seventh place in the 3000-meter race at the 2011 NEICAAA Championships, seventh in the 1500-meter race at the 2012 New England Championships, and first in the 1500m at the 2013 New England Championships. Twombly has also claimed top America East finishes, earning sixth in the 5000-meter race in 2012 and third in the 800-meter race and second in the 4x8 at the 2013 AE Championships.
Gearin, thrower for the Widlcats, will compete in the javelin this weekend. The senior saw great success for the UNH last season, qualifying for the NEICAAA Outdoor Championships and claiming a top-four finish at the America East Indoor Championships. Gearin captured fourth place with a measurement of 125 feet and 6 inches at the 2013 AE Championships. Earlier in the season, Gearin notched a personal-record throw of 132-01.00 at Stony Brook University's Wolfie Invitational.
The men's outdoor track team looks to continue the success of the program after the cross country team earned fourth place in the America East Championships, 12th at New England Championships, and the indoor squad added fourth in the conference meet.
The Wildcats will look for solid performances this Saturday from senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), senior Jessie Swink (Groton, Conn.), sophomore Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.), and sophomore D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.).
Jumpp, a senior thrower, will look to play a major part for UNH in the hammer and discus events. The senior is coming off a great indoor season where he placed third in the weight throw at the America East Championships and eighth in the same event at New England Championships. In 2012, Jumpp performed well at the Conference meet and the New England meet, taking fourth in the hammer throw at AE's and seventh in the hammer throw at New England's. Jumpp also tossed the discus well that year, placing in three events during the season and earning 14th at the conference meet.
Swink will look to perform well this weekend in the javelin throw for UNH. The senior returns to competition after placing in both the NEICAAA Championships and the America East Championships in 2013. Swink claimed seventh at New Englands and took second at AE's last season. He also placed in the America East Conference meet during his freshman and sophomore seasons for the Wildcats. During his first year he took eighth place and posted third during his second year as a member of the UNH track team.
Mulcahy, a sophomore sprinter for the Wildcats, will most likely compete 400-meter hurdles event and the 4x400 relay on Saturday. Mulcahy, who helped the 4x400 relay squad take fifth at the America East Indoor Championships in February, returns to the outdoor track after an impressive freshman year. The sprinter placed in two events for UNH at the America East Conference meet, taking seventh in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the 4x400 relay. He also qualified for and competed in the New England Championships in the 400H, taking 15th place.
McFadden rounds out the athletes to watch for UNH. A sophomore sprinter, McFadden opens the 2014 outdoor season after a highly successful indoor campaign. The sprinter competed in four events at the Conference Championships, two events at the New England meet, and one meet at the IC4A Championships. McFadden grabbed third in the 60-meter hurdles and fifth in the 4x400-meter relay at the America East Championships, he added an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the New England Championships, and finished 14th at IC4A's in the same event.
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