CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team was selected to finish third in the 2011 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.
The Wildcats racked up 42 total points, while the University at Albany was chosen to defend its conference title with 62 points, including six first-place votes. Boston U. was picked to finish second with 59 total points including the remaining three first-place votes. The University of Maine was picked to finish fourth with 39 points, while the University of Vermont (34), Binghamton University (28), UMBC (25), Stony Brook University (20) and the University of Hartford (8) round out the nine-team poll.
UNH placed fourth at last year's indoor conference championships and will look to take the next step this season with sights set on the program's first league title. With the return of reigning conference champion in the 500-meter dash, Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.), and the runner-up in the pentathlon, Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine), the Wildcats have the balanced attack to challenge Albany and Boston U. for conference supremacy. UNH will also turn to junior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.), who placed third in the 1,000-meter run one year ago and Rosemary Read (West Greenwhich, R.I.), who finished third in the weight throw.
The Wildcats open the 2011-12 campaign on Saturday, Dec. 3 when they take part in the Jay Carisella Carnival at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.