DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Kelly Collins (Manchester, N.H.), Hillary Mefferd (Portland, Ore.) and Lia Barros (Sammamish, Wash.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team recently participated in the prestigious Boston Marathon on Monday.

    The trio of motivated Wildcats sported a similar look as the pack of ‘Cats dressed in purple Nike gear with their respective last names on the back. The years spent on the soccer field and togetherness remained intact throughout the grueling 26.2 mile marathon as they overcame a rare April Nor’easter and Newton, Massachusetts' famous Heartbreak Hill by cruising to the finish line in a very respectable time of four hours and 24 minutes.

“It was just amazing to be a part of something like the Boston Marathon. Seeing everyone working towards a good cause or a workout makes everything that much more satisfying, said Collins. “The older generations inspired us through this race. We were so impressed at how in shape some of these runners are in,” added Mefferd.

    The trio enjoyed another highly successful soccer season in which they all contributed to the program’s longest active postseason streak to a record sixth season as the team made it to the America East Semifinals. With the season officially ending back in November, the trio wanted to stay physically and mentally fit and with some motivation from a former teammate Jacquelyn Kendall, the trio decided to run the Boston Marathon.

“We wanted to continue our athletic careers and continue to work as a team and have a goal to strive for, “said Collins. We wanted to do something special and do it together,” added Collins.

The teammates hope to generate excitement about the experience to the rest or the women’s soccer team with hopes and aspirations of participating in the 2008 Boston Marathon.
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