UNH Track and Field Preps for UNH Wildcat Invitational (Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.)

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams continue the 2014 outdoor season when they host the UNH Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at the Reggie F. Atkins Track. For the schedule of events, click HERE.

The UNH Wildcat Invitational marks the second home meet of the season for UNH. The men's squad claimed a third place finish last week in the first home meet of the year, scoring 150 team points to place behind the University of Maine (221 points) and Northeastern University (172 points).

This week, the men's team will look for solid performances from senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.), and freshman Christopher Poggi (Derry, N.H.).

Jumpp enters Saturday's meet following an impressive performance last week at his first outdoor meet of the season. The senior thrower logged a first-place finish in the hammer throw for the Wildcats. Jumpp measured a personal-best mark of 183 feet to surge past the second-place competitor by over seven feet. The Wildcat senior is also 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.

A distance runner, Prizzi will compete in his first meet of the outdoor season for the Wildcats. The junior has seen great success over the course of his career at UNH. During the indoor season, Prizzi placed in seven races during the season, including six first-place finishes. He earned an individual title in the 3,000-meter race at the America East Indoor Championships and captured fifth place in the same event at IC4A/ECAC Championships on March 3rd. During the cross country season he earned the individual title at the America East Conference meet.

Poggi will be another Wildcat to watch during Saturday's invitational. The freshman middle-distance runner earned himself a victory in the 800-meter race last weekend in his first career collegiate outdoor meet. Poggi logged a time of 1 minute and 54.09 seconds to take the top spot last weekend. The freshman also had a solid indoor campaign for the Wildcats, highlighted by a performance with the 4x800 relay squad to claim a school record time of 7:28.52 and earn fourth at the ECAC/IC4A Championships.

The women's team returns to competition following a first-place finish last weekend in its first outdoor meet of the season. UNH posted a score of 295.50 points to top Northeastern University (182 points), the University of Maine (122 points), and the College of the Holy Cross (85.50 points).

This week, seniors Rosemary Read (West Greenwhich, R.I.), Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.), and Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) will look to lead the way for UNH.

Read enters Saturday's meet following an impressive performance last weekend in the Wildcats first outdoor meet of the season. The senior thrower recorded a first-place finish in her first competition in over a year. She measured a throw of 171 feet and 9 inches to place first. Reed has been one of the most consistent competitors in the America East since she started competing in 2010. The senior captain has placed in all three conference championships that she has competed in, taking third in 2010, fourth in 2011, and second in 2012.

UNH will also look for good things from Twombly on Saturday. The middle-distance runner from Exeter, N.H. returns to the track following a pair of top-two finishes last weekend for the Wildcats. Twombly started the day by placing first in the 800-meter race with a time of 2 minutes and 15.81 seconds. The senior followed with a second-place finish with the 4x400 relay squad, which timed in at 4:08.84.

Brehm closes out the UNH athletes to watch this weekend. The fifth-year senior sprinter from Pembroke, N.H. registered a victory with the 4x100-meter relay in her only event last weekend. Brehm led the squad to a time of 48.15 seconds, besting the second-place finishers by .14 seconds. This weekend, Brehm will once again compete in the 4x100 relay and will also participate in the 100-meter dash.

For the latest news and information on the UNH track and field program, check out www.unhwildcats.com.

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