DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's track team scored 165 points and placed first in the UNH Wildcat Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the Reggie F. Atkins Track.
The Wildcats' 165 points topped Dartmouth College's 139 points and the University of Maine's 71 points. Bowdoin College, Fitchburg State Unversity, Babson University, Southern New Hampshire University, Colby Sawyer College, New England College, and Bently University also participated in the meet.
Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) led the way for UNH by placing first in three events. Perrodin opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, logging a school-record time of 12.08 seconds. Sophomore Molly Clark (Hingham, Mass.) also placed in the event, taking fifth place in a time of 13.14 seconds.
Perrodin posted her second victory with the 4x100-meter relay team. Perrodin, junior Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), and senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) finished with a school-record mark of 47.87 seconds.
Perrodin claimed her final victory of the day with the 4x400 relay team. Freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.), Perrodin, freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.), and junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) earned a time of 4:01.28 to finish in first place, .18 seconds ahead of Dartmouth.
Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) also starred for the Wildcats, taking first place in a pair of events. Lavallee started things off with a victory in the 100-meter hurdles. The junior recorded a time of 14.51 seconds to earn the win. Bonsaint also placed in the event, placing fourth with a time of 15.47 seconds.
Lavallee followed the 100-meter hurdles win with a victory in the 400-meter hurdles. Lavallee logged a time of 1:07.67, topping freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) who placed second in 1:07.85.
Two Wildcats swept the top-two spots in the 10,000-meter race. Sophomore Brianna Boden (Keene, N.H.) (39:39.99) and senior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) (39:40.30) claimed first and second place in the event.
Brehm and Costa also earned a pair of top-three finishes in the 200-meter dash. Brehm claimed second place in 25.49 seconds and Costa followed in third with a time of 25.86 seconds.
Two more Wildcats placed in the top-four in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Katherine Hickey (Northfield, N.H.) recorded a third-place finish, logging a time of 1:02.77. Classmate Molly Jenssen (Mansfield, Mass.) finished just behind Hickey, posting a time of 1:05.37 to take fourth.
UNH also excelled in field events on the afternoon. Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) and Janine Appleton (Marlborough, Conn.) claimed the top-two spots in the high jump. Salley earned first with a measurement of 5 feet and 6 inches, while Appleton posted a mark of 4-11.75 to take second.
Bonsaint followed with a victory in the long jump. The senior from Hampton, N.H. measured a jump of 16-05.75 to earn the victory. Sophomore Abbey Smith (Derry, N.H.) also placed in the event, taking fourth with a jump of 16-00.25.
Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwhich, R.I.) closed out the meet for the Wildcats by placing first in the hammer throw event with a measurement of 167-03. Classmate Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) placed fourth with a toss of 149-00.
The women's track and field team returns to action on Saturday, April 19th when it travels Long Island to compete in the Stony Brook Invitational. For the latest news and information on the UNH track and field program, check out www.unhwildcats.com.