May 6, 2012

Women's Track & Field Finishes Sixth at AE Championships

ORONO, Maine – Three Wildcats recorded individual runner-up performances as the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team placed sixth at the America East Outdoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Maine's Beckett Track Complex.

The Wildcats registered 88.50 points to finish behind Albany (185), Boston University (130), Binghamton (124.50), UMBC (105) and Vermont (90), but ahead of Maine (56), Stony Brook (48) and Hartford (30).

In Sunday's 1,500 meter finals, graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) was runner-up in an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:20.99, breaking her own school record in the event set earlier this season, while junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) finished fifth and also qualified for ECACs at 4:28.08.

The Wildcats' were impressive in the hammer throw on Saturday, led by junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) who took second with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 167-08. Junior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) and senior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) took third and eighth, respectively, with tosses of 155-03 and 142-04.

Senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) was runner-up in the javelin on day one with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 139-06.

Sophomore Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) finished third overall in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:45.96.

After the final three events in the heptathlon, senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) placed third with 4621 points, while senior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) finished eighth with 4016 points.

On Sunday, junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed fifth in the finals of the 200 meters with a 24.99. Brehm also placed sixth in the 100 meter finals, finishing in a time of 12.28.

On Saturday, freshman Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) tied for third-place in the high jump with a cleared height of 5-05.25, while junior Marie Collins took eighth at 5-00.25.

Sophomore Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) added a sixth-place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:22.57.

Freshman Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) finished seventh in Sunday's finals of the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.77.

In the discus, sophomore Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) placed fifth with a mark of 130-08.

In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, senior Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) and junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in times of 11:05.95 and 11:06.11.

Freshman Abbey Huntress (Saco, Maine) placed eighth in the shot put with a toss of 11.94, while junior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 17-04.75.

On day two, the Wildcats' 4x100 meter relay team of sophomore Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), Frazier, freshman Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) and Brehm placed fourth at 48.18, while the 4x800 meter relay team of Maguire, Boucher, senior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and Letourneau finished fourth in an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:13.64.

The Wildcats return to action May 11-12 for the New England Championships on the campus of MIT.

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