Women's Track & Field Finishes Second at New England Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) each won individual titles to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team to a second-place finish at the New England Championships over the weekend on the campus of MIT.

The Wildcats totaled 73 points in the three-day competition, while Rhode Island claimed first place with 106 total points.

Letourneau set a school record in the 800 meters, topping the field of 31 runners with a winning time of 2:08.81. Letourneau, who captured her fifth career New England title, has now set seven school records this year between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Maguire topped the field of 31 runners to capture the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:26.86, marking her second career New England title after winning the 10,000 meters last season. Sophomore Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) took seventh in the event in a time of 4:38.80.

In the heptathlon, senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) was runner-up with 4644 total points, while senior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) finished sixth with 4103 points.

Sophomore Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:36.34, while sophomore Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) was eighth in the 10,000 meters at 38:25.09.

In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) and senior Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in times of 11:00.88 and 11:03.07.

Junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) finished sixth in the 100 meters in a time of 12.10 and also placed eighth in the 200 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 24.81.

On the second day, senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) was runner-up in the javelin, taking second in the 24-thrower field with a toss of 140-03, while junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) finished fourth overall in the hammer throw with a toss of 171-04.

Freshman Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) finished eighth in finals of the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.73.

The Wildcats' 4x100 meter relay team of sophomore Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), junior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.), freshman Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) and Brehm finished fourth at 48.11. Additionally, the 4x800 meter relay team of freshman Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), sophomore Lindsey Judge (Essex, Vt.), senior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and Twombly took sixth at 9:18.83.

The Wildcats return to action at the NCAA East Regionals on May 26-27.

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