Track & Field Sends Three to NCAA East Preliminary
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's track & field team will send three qualifiers to the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary that will take place May 24-26 at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) will run the 1,500 meters and junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) will compete in the 10,000 meters, while senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) will take part in the javelin at the regional meet.
Letourneau, who will run the 1,500m Thursday at 6 p.m., has been outstanding on the track this year, setting seven school records between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Most recently, Letourneau won the 800 meters at the New England Championships in a school-record time of 2:08.81, one week after finishing runner-up in the 1,500 meters at the America East Championships in a record-time of 4:20.99.
Maguire, who is set to compete in the 10,000m Thursday at 9:45 p.m., captured the New England title in the 1,500 meters and finished fifth in the event at the conference championships. She also set a school record in the 3,000 meters at the prestigious Penn Relays, crossing the finish line in a time of 9:33.76. This marks the second-straight NCAA Outdoor East Regional qualification for Maguire after she competed in the 10,000 meters last year.
Stern will compete in the javelin Thursday at 4:30 p.m. as she looks to continue a remarkable comeback campaign after two years of injury-plagued seasons. As a freshman, Stern won the America East and New England titles in the javelin and placed seventh in the NCAA East Preliminary, but was sidelined for the next two seasons with multiple injuries. Stern, who was named the America East Field Performer of the Week to open the outdoor season, stormed back this spring with runner-up finishes at the conference and New England Championships.
The qualifiers from the East and West regions will compete in the NCAA Championships held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
| Allison Letourneau