May 2, 2010

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD FINISHES THIRD AT AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

DURHAM, N.H. – Juniors Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine), Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.), as well as the 4x800-meter relay team, all submitted second-place finishes on the final day to lead the University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track & field team to a third-place finish at the America East Championships at UNH's Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility on Sunday.

The Wildcats finished with 133 points, to place behind the University at Albany (197.50) and the University of Maine (172), but ahead of Boston University (101.50), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (68), the University of Vermont (59), Binghamton University (55), Stony Brook University (49) and the University of Hartford (19).

Jesseman finished second in the 5,000m in a time of 17:33.74.

Quarles placed second in the triple jump with an ECAC-qualifying leap of 12.15m. Classmate Jasmin Washington (Waltham, Mass.) finished eighth with a mark of 11.02m. Quarles was fourth in the long jump on day one with a mark of 5.60m.

In the heptathlon, Dugan and senior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) placed second and fourth, respectively, with 4,547 and 4,473 points. Dugan's mark was an ECAC qualifier.

Dugan was also fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.58m. Sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) was seventh at 1.58m. Early was also eighth in the javelin on day one with a throw of 32.84m.

The Wildcats' 4x800-meter relay team of senior Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.), freshman Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.), junior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and junior Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) placed second in an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:08.52.

The 4x400 squad of juniors Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.), as well as sophomores Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) and Brittany Verville (Bow, N.H.) in an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:51.06.

The 4x100 team of Donohue and Canavan, as well as sophomore Elizabeth Adejuyigbe (Penacook, N.H.) and freshman Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed fifth in a time of 48.45.

Senior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) finished third in the discus throw with a toss of 41.24m. Lathrop won her second consecutive hammer throw title on day one with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 54.67m

Donohue finished third in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:02.34. Donohue was also fifth in the long jump on day one with a mark of 5.50m.

Letourneau placed fourth in the 1,500m in a time of 4:33.90. Letourneau was also fifth in the 800m in a time of 2:13.40, while Verville was sixth at 2:14.03.

In the 400m, Kwiecien and Canavan placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in times of 57.00 and 58.17.

Senior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.81.

The Wildcats return to action May 7-8 at the New England Championships on the campus of Northeastern University.

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