Women’s track & field takes fifth at conference championships

BOSTON – Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) and junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) each posted a runner-up performance to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team to a fifth-place finish at the America East Championships on Tuesday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

With 76.5 points, the Wildcats finished behind Albany (233.5), UMBC (131), Binghamton (124.5) and Vermont (91), but ahead of Maine (64.5), Stony Brook (44) and Hartford (15).

Maguire, the AE cross country champion and NCAA qualifier, placed runner-up in the 3,000 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:29.49 and broke the school record in the event previously set by Nancy Scardina in 1982 (9:32.22).

On the first day of competition, Beattie, fresh off a victory in the mile at the URI Invite last weekend, claimed second overall in the 5,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:15.62. Senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) added a seventh-place finish in the event at 17:36.25.

Freshmen Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 60-meter dash finals in times of 7.74 and 7.93.

The duo of senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the mile in times of 4:57.43 and 4:59.54, while James qualified for ECACs in the event. Twombly also took sixth overall in the 800 meters as she crossed the finish line in a time of 2:16.45, while James added a sixth-place finish in the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:00.25.

Sophomore Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed fifth in finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.09.

Freshman Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) added a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters in a time of 25.41.

The Wildcats' 4x800 meter relay team of freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.), sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), junior Madeline Allen (Lenox, Mass.) and junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished fourth in a time of 9:25.87.

In the field, sophomore Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) tied for fourth in the high jump with a cleared height of 5-03.75, while senior Marie Collins (Lee, N.H.) added an eighth-place finish at 5-00.25. Sophomore Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) took seventh in the shot put with a toss of 37-10.50.

On the first day, Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) placed fourth overall in the weight throw with a toss of 49-06.50, while fellow senior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) was right behind in fifth place with a throw of 48-11.00. Junior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) placed eighth overall in the event at 45-07.00.

The Wildcats' distance medley relay team of senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), sophomore Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) and junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished fourth in a time of 12:09.37.

Senior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) claimed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 17-08.00.

Junior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) placed eighth in the pentathlon as she finished with a total of 2,885 points.

The Wildcats return to action for the New England Championships on Feb. 22-23 at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center.

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