March 20, 2010

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD COMPETES AT HUSKY SPRING OPEN

DEDHAM, Mass. – Senior Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) broke her own school record in the pole vault to lead the University of New Hampshire outdoor track & field team at the Husky Spring Open on Saturday at Solomon Track.

Ciambra eclipsed her record of 12 feet, 11-3/4 inches that she set in 2008, with a new mark of 13-0 to capture first place by a whole foot.

Classmate Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 13 minutes, 8.08 seconds.

On the men's side, senior Chris Morgan (Goffstown, N.H.) led a sweep of the top three spots in the javelin with a first-place mark of 196-8. Juniors Michael Simon (Durham, Conn.) and Matthew Pelchat (Lancaster, N.H.) were second and third, respectively, with throws of 195-11 and 180-9.

Junior Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 195-9. Classmate John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.) and freshman Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) finished 10th and 16th, respectively, with throws of 154-7 and 139-3. Randall and Dupuis were also seventh and 10th, respectively, in the shot put with marks of 46-1.50 and 43-11.75.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 27 at noon when they take on the University of Maine at the Beckett Track & Field Complex.

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