March 6, 2011

Track & Field Wraps up ECACs/IC4As

BOSTON – Senior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) turned in a record-breaking first-place finish to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team to a 21st-place finish at the 50-team ECAC Championships at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center on Sunday.

The Wildcats finished with 14 points, while the University of Connecticut won the meet with 96.50 points.

Jesseman won the 5,000 meters, outrunning the field of 20 in a time of 16 minutes, 24.09 seconds to break her own record that she established two weeks earlier at the America East Championship.

The Wildcats also established a school record in the 4x800-meter relay. The quartet of senior Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.), junior Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.), senior Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.) and sophomore Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) placed fifth in a time of 8:56.92 to break the mark that was established in 2003.

Senior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished 11th in the triple jump with a leap of 39-5.75.

In the pentathlon, senior Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and junior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) placed 11th and 12th, respectively, with 3,331 and 3,330 points.

Junior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) finished 27th in the weight throw with a toss of 47-2.50.          

The men also wrapped up the IC4A Championships as they finished 48th overall with two points. UConn won that meet, as well, with 73.50 points.

Senior Anthony Vorachak (Lebanon, N.H.) led the way for the Wildcats, breaking a 6-year-old school record with a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,041 points. Additionally, he notched third place (15-01.00) in the pole vault with 790 points.

Sophomore Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) finished ninth in the high jump with a leap of 6-8.25.

Junior Dan Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) was the only other Wildcat competitor on the day, finishing in his second best time of the season, as he placed 18th in the 5,000 meters in  14:37.20.

The NCAA Championships are March 10-12 at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Both teams kick off its outdoor season Saturday, April 2 when they take on the University of Maine in a dual meet at the Beckett Track & Field Complex.

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