BOSTON - Senior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) won her second consecutive conference title in the weight throw to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track and field team to a first-place finish on day one of the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Track & Tennis Center.
With 56 points, the Wildcats lead Boston University (50), the University at Albany (48), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (19), Binghamton University (15), the University of Vermont (14), the University of Maine (12), Stony Brook University (11) and the University of Hartford (9).
Lathrop used a throw of 58 feet, eight inches - nearly two feet further than the runner-up - to win the event. The mark broke her own school record and was an ECAC qualifier. Freshman Rosemary Read (West Greenwhich, R.I.) placed fifth with a mark of 48-11.
Junior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) nearly captured a championship in the 5000 meters, but settled for second place in a time of 16 minutes, 57.30 seconds, which was an ECAC qualifier.
The Wildcats racked up a handful of points in the pentathlon as senior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.), junior Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and sophomore Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) finished second, third and seventh, respectively. Thomas amassed 3,401 points, Dugan tallied 3,217 and Mendes finished with 3,053.
UNH's distance medley team of freshmen Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Meredith Long (Concord, N.H.), as well as juniors Brittany Verville (Bow, N.H.) and Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.), placed third in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 12:05.70.
Junior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-4.25.
Senior Victoria Goodheart (Meredith, N.H.) was fifth in the pole vault as she cleared a height of 10-4.
In preliminaries, junior Megan Donahue (Stratham, N.H.) finished second in a time of 1:15.58 to qualify for tomorrow's final.
Junior Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) also moved on to day two in the 400 meters with a fifth-place showing in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 56.75 seconds.
In the 55-meter hurdles, senior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) qualified in seventh, crossing the finish line in 8.49 seconds.
Freshman Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed ninth in the 55 meters in 7.38 seconds to find a spot in tomorrow's final.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday at the final day of the America East Championships right back at the Track & Tennis Center.