DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams return to action on Saturday, April 19th when they travel to compete in the Stony Brook Wolfie Invitational.
The women's team, which enters the meet following a first-place finish at the UNH Wildcat Invitational on April 12, will look for quality performances from senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.), and the 4x100-meter relay squad of Perrodin, junior Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), and senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.).
Boucher, who will compete in the steeplechase event, looks to lead the Wildcats at Stony Brook. The senior distance runner has performed well for UNH so far during the brief outdoor campaign, logging three top-eight finishes in just two meets. Boucher opened the season with a pair of top-eight finishes at the UNH home meet on April 5, taking fourth in the 1,500-meter race (4:51.40) and seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:12.29). Last week at the UNH Wildcat Invitational, Boucher took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:32.67).
The Wildcats also expect big things from Perrodin at Stony Brook. The sophomore enters the meet following a record-breaking week in the UNH Wildcat Invitational. Perrodin, who has taken first in all six events she has participated in this season, claimed a victory in the 100-meter dash with a school-record mark of 12.08 seconds. She also took a victory in the 4x400-meter relay at the Wildcat Invitational.
The 4x100-meter relay squad of Perrodin, Costa, Bonsaint, and Brehm aims for more success this weekend at the Wolfie Invitational. The group enters the meet fresh off an impressive, school-record victory at the UNH Wildcat Invitational. Perrodin, Costa, Bonsaint, and Brehm notched a time of 47.87 seconds to best the old record of 48.08 seconds set by Beers, Williams, Kilroy, and McDonnell in 1998.
Following a second-place finish at the UNH Wildcat Invitational, the men's squad expects more success from junior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.), junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.), and sophomore D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.).
Moretti, a distance runner for the Wildcats, looks for his first result of the season at Stony Brook. The junior from Guilford, Conn. will compete in the 5,000-meter race on Saturday. Moretti had an outstanding indoor season for UNH, placing in two events at the America East Conference meet and one event at the New England Championships. The junior notched fourth in the 5k (14:54.40) and seventh in the 3k (8:29.17) at AE's, and snagged fourth in the 5k at New England's.
Another Wildcat to watch over at Stony Brook is Penn. The junior sprinter enters the Wolfie Invitational following a pair of top-five finishes at the Wildcat Invitational last weekend. Penn started the meet with a victory in the 400-meter dash, logging a time of 48.93 seconds, before earning fifth in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 22.90 seconds. Look for Penn to compete in multiple sprinting events on Saturday.
McFadden enters the meet fresh off placing in four events, two individual and two relays, last week at the UNH Wildcat Invitational. The sophomore took first place in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.86 seconds), snagged second in the 400-meter hurdles (56.32 seconds), ran to a second-place finish with the 4x100-meter relay (43.26 seconds), and took second with the 4x400-meter relay (3:24.45).
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