Women’s Track Takes Fourth at America East Championships

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team closed out the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships in fourth place on Monday afternoon at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y.

The Wildcats entered the day in fourth place after scoring 33 points on day one of the event. UNH held strong, scoring 60.33 points on Monday and totalling 93.33 to capture fourth overall.

Freshman distance runner Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) got it started for the Wildcats when she posted a school-record time to take first in the mile race. Purrier finished the race with a time of 4-minutes and 41.73-seconds, six seconds faster than the second-place finisher from Vermont. Purrier's record-time bested the previous school record time of 4:42.47 held by Allison Letourneau since 2012.

Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) also posted a school-record for UNH on Monday. Salley earned a second-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5-feet and 7-inches. The mark tied the previous school record set in 2002.

Fellow junior Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) collected the only other top-eight finish for the Wildcats in field events on Monday. Huntress took seventh in the shot put with a measurement of 38-11.00, good for two points for UNH.

Freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) followed with a third place finish in the 1,000-meter race. Szymanski clocked in at 2:53.64 to grab six points and a third place finish for the Wildcats.

UNH also got five points from sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) in the 800-meter race. Kruse captured a fourth-place finish in the event with a time of 2:14.70.

Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) followed up her school-record time in yesterday's 60-meter dash prelims with a second place finish in the 60-meter finals. The sophomore sprinter timed in at 7.63 seconds to snag eight points for the Wildcats.

Two more Wildcats earned top-six finishes in the 3,000-meter race. Senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) grabbed the third spot with a time of 9:54.79, while freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) took sixth in a time of 10:02.34.

Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) scored a seventh place in the 60-meter hurdles for UNH. Lavallee, who took seventh in the pentathlon on Sunday, finished with a time of 9.00 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles for two team points on Monday.

The Wildcats also placed in the 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay events on Monday. The 4x800 squad of Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.), Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.), Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.), and Kruse posted a second place finish with a time of 9:14.93.

The 4x400 relay team of Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.), Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.), and Taylor Ordway (Plaistow, N.H.) followed with fifth place in 3:58.24.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Feb. 28th when they compete in the New England Championships at 12 p.m. at Boston University. For the latest news and information on the women's track and field program, tune in to www.unhwildcats.com

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