Women's Track & Field Set to Compete at the America East Championships

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team will travel to Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y. for the 2013 America East Championships. The two-day event starts on Saturday, May 4.

The first day of competition will kick off with the hammer throw and the javelin throw, both starting at 10 a.m. Kelsey Farrell (North Hampton, N.H.) will throw in the flight one finals as Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.), Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) and Keila Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) will compete in flight two. Salazar, Janine Appleton (Marlborough, Conn.), Andrea Turteltaub (Mansfield, Mass.) and Michelle Gearin (York, Maine) will each throw in the javelin finals. 

At 10:30 a.m., Taylor Ordway (Plaistow, N.H.) and Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) will endure the grueling seven-event heptathlon. At 1 p.m., the pole vault and long jump finals will take place while the 1,500 meter run trials will as well. Bryn Estes (Lebanon, N.H.) and Rachael DePalma (Orange, Conn.) will take part in the pole vault while Appleton and Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) will compete in the long jump. On the track, Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) will be the lone Wildcat in the 1,500 meter run.

At the top of the following hour, Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) will run the 100 meter hurdles. In the 400 meter dash, Colleen Manna (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) will run in the fourth heat. Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) will be the lone UNH student-athlete in the 800 meter run.

At 3:05 p.m., seven Wildcats will compete in the 100 meter dash. Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) will sprint in heat one while Abbey Smith (Derry, N.H.) and Sydney Kay (Fairfield, Conn.) are running in heat two. In heat three, Molly Clark (Hingham, Mass.), Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) and Kaitlin Joseph (Nashua, N.H.) are set to run the event.

The women's high jump, Appleton, Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) and Marie Collins (Lee, N.H.) will try and set the top mark in the single final heat. Lavallee will hit the track again as she will compete in the 400 meter hurdles, starting at 3:35 p.m.

Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.), Samantha Blaise, Claire Ruff (Boston, Mass.) and Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) are slated to partake in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finals at 4:10 p.m.

Perrodin, Joseph, Kay, Smith, Clark and Helander will compete in their final event of the day, the 200 meter dash. Closing out day one of competition is the 10,000 meter run. Chelsey Serrano (Raymond, N.H.), Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) will finish out the day for New Hampshire.

For more information on the women's track and field team, visit www.UNHWildcats.com.

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