BOSTON - Senior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) and the 4x800-meter relay team each won individual titles to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the 34-team New England Championships on Feb. 26-27 at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.

With 53 points, the Wildcats trailed only the University of Connecticut (202), Northeastern University (90) and the University of Rhode Island (68).

Thomas won the pentathlon with a school-record 3,471 points. Lauren Knight set the previous record in 2004. Junior Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and sophomore Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) were second and third, respectively, with 3,330 and 3,281 points.

The 4x800 team of senior Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.) and juniors Caitlin Verville (Bow, N.H.), Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) and Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) won the event in a time of nine minutes, 3.29 seconds.

Junior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 39-3.25. Quarles was also seventh in the long jump at 17-8.25.

Senior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 58-4. Lathrop broke her own school record, which she set earlier this season.

The Wildcats' distance medley team of freshman Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.), junior Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.), freshman Meredith Long (Concord, N.H.) and junior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) finished sixth in a time of 12:05.34.

The Wildcats return to action March 6-7 at the IC4A Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.


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