Women’s Track & Field Downs Maine, 109-80

DURHAM, N.H. – A total of 10 different Wildcats submitted first-place finishes and a pair of relay teams came out on top as the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team downed rival Maine, 109-80, Saturday afternoon at the Paul Sweet Oval.

Freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) captured the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.21, tying the school record held by Sarah Hall set in 2008, while fellow rookie Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) claimed a pair of first-place finishes. Helander won the 200 meters with a time of 26.89 and also added a victory in the 400 meters as she crossed the finish line in a time of 1:00.96.

Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) claimed first-place in the weight throw with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 53-10.50.

The Wildcats swept the top two spots in the 500 meters, paced by senior Colleen Manna (Ridgefield, Conn.) at 1:20.57 and followed closely by sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.) in second at 1:20.84.

Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Conn.) took the top spot in the 1,000 meters in a time of 2:56.54, while sophomore Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.) finished second at 3:09.04.

In the mile, freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) continued her impressive rookie season as she picked up the victory in a time of 5:14.83. Junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) was not far behind in second with a time of 5:14.91.

Sophomore Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) cruised to a first-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.44.

The Wildcats' 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter relays teams came up victorious with winning times of 4:11.08 and 9:39.74, respectively. 

Back in the field, sophomore Emily Hutchinson (Newton, Mass.) claimed the high jump in thrilling fashion as she topped Helen Manning in a jump off with a cleared height of 5-0.100.

Senior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) claimed the long jump with a leap of 16-11.50, while freshman Victoria Tondre (Canton, Mass.) picked up second-place in the triple jump at 33-08.75.

Sophomore Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) and freshman Abigail Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) finished first and second in the shot put, respectively, with tosses of 39-06.50 and 35-11.50.

Also on the track, senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) added a second-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:19.55, while junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) took second in the 3,000 meters at 10:13.56. 

The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 when they host Holy Cross and Stonehill in a tri-meet at the Paul Sweet Oval.

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