BOSTON – Seniors Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) each won individual championships to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team to a second-place finish after the first day of the America East Championships at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center on Friday.
With 44 points, the Wildcats trail the University at Albany (50), but lead Boston U. (42.50), Binghamton University (22), Stony Brook University (21), the University of Vermont (19), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (18.50) and the University of Maine (16).
Ciambra captured her third consecutive conference pole vault championship by clearing an ECAC Championship-qualifying height of 12 feet, 3.50 inches.
Donohue won the 500 meters in an ECAC-qualifying time of one minute, 15.48 seconds, just 47-hundredths of a second ahead of the runner-up.
Senior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) placed third in the 5,000 meters in an ECAC-qualifying time of 16:34.81.
Junior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) finished second in the pentathlon with 3,485 points, which was an ECAC qualifier. Seniors Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) also earned points in the event, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively, with 3,240 and 3,096 points.
The distance medley squad finished sixth in a time of 12:26.85.
Senior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-1.75.
Senior Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) placed sixth in the 400 meter preliminaries and qualified for Saturday's final with an ECAC-qualifying time of 56.97.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday at the final day of the America East Championships at the Track & Tennis Center.