BOSTON - Junior Allison Letourneau (Sherburne, N.Y.) won a conference title in the 800 meters to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track and field team to a third-place finish at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Track & Tennis Center.

With 107.50 points, the Wildcats finished behind the University at Albany (168.50) and Boston University (162), but ahead of the University of Maine (106), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (67), the University of Vermont (60), Binghamton University (53), Stony Brook University (34) and the University of Hartford (21).

Letourneau finished the run in two minutes, 11.87 seconds, which was an ECAC qualifier. Senior Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.) was fifth in 2:15.63.

Junior Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) placed third in the 500 meters final in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 1:14.62, which set a new school record. The old school record of 1:15.05 was set in 2004 by Kristen Meisner.

The Wildcats' 4x800-meter relay team of Howell, juniors Brittany Verville (Bow, N.H.) and Catherine Perrella (Bedford, N.H.), and Letourneau ran to a third-place finish in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 9:18.13. The 4x400 team was seventh at 3:56.03.

Junior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine), who was runner-up in the 5000 meters on day one, finished fourth in the 3000 meters in a time an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 9:56.05.

Classmate Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) ran to a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters final in 57.10 seconds.

Senior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles final in 8.36 seconds.

Freshman Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) finished seventh in the 1000 meters, crossing the finish line in 2:59.80.

Junior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) also was seventh, running the mile in 5:04.40.

In the field, junior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.), who was fourth in the long jump on day one, finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 10.50 inches, which was an ECAC qualifier. Sophomore Eliza Mackintosh (Hanover, N.H.) was eighth with a mark of 38-0.25.

Junior Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.), who finished third in the pentathlon on day one, placed sixth in the high jump with a mark of 5-2.25.

The Wildcats return to action Feb. 26-27 at the New England Championships.


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