Women's Track & Field Takes Fourth at URI Invite

KINGSTON, R.I. – Juniors Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, N.H.) both captured individual victories to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats racked up 73 points, while host Rhode Island won the meet with 160 points.

Twombly captured the 800 meters in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:14.29, while senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) finished third and qualified for New Englands in a time of 2:18.45.

Beattie was victorious in the mile as she crossed the finish line in a New England-qualifying time of 5:03.47.

Freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) was runner-up in the 60-meter dash in a  New England-qualifying time of 7.81, while fellow rookie Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) took sixth and also qualified for New Englands at 7.93.

Freshman Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) finished fourth in the 200 meters in a New England-qualifying time of 26.25, while Bilynsky took fifth at 26.52.

Junior Brenna McLaughlin (Derry, N.H.) added a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 10:45.90, while Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in a New England-qualifying time of 9.17.

In the field, sophomore Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) was third overall with a cleared height of 5-5, while senior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) placed sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 48-3.50.

The Wildcats next compete at the America East Championships on Feb. 11-12 at the Reggie Lewis Center.

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