STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire women's track and field squad scored 196 total team points and took first place at Stony Brook's Wolfie Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the University Track.
The Wildcats' 196 points topped second place St. Peter's College, which placed second with 138 points. Fordham University took third (67 points), Stony Brook earned fourth (66 points), and Marist University closed things out in fifth (4 points).
Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) got things started for UNH by taking first in the 100-meter dash. The sophomore clocked in at 12.08 seconds to earn the win. Senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) followed close behind, taking second place in 12.24 seconds.
The duo of Perrodin and Brehm also took top-four finishes in the 200-meter dash. Brehm took third place with a time of 25.53 seconds, while Perrodin followed closely behind in fourth place with a time of 25.54 seconds.
Freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) and senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) took two of the top-three spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event. Keiran took the victory with a time of 10 minutes and 53.31 seconds, while Boucher finished third in 11:16.11.
Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed in two individual events for the Wildcats on the afternoon. Lavllee started the day with a second-place performance in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.71 seconds. Freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) and senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) also placed in the event, taking fifth (15.92 seconds) and sixth (16.33 seconds), respectively.
Messina and Lavallee followed with third and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Messina collected third in 1:05.45 and Lavallee registered fifth in 1:06.62.
A pair of UNH relay squads took second-place finishes. The 4x100-meter relay team of Perrodin, Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), Bonsaint, and Brehm recorded a time of 48.15 seconds to take silver. The 4x400-meter relay team of Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.), Taylor Ordway (Plaistow, N.H.), Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.), and Amanda Szymanksi (Londonderry, N.H.) logged a time of 4:02.90 to finish second.
The Wildcats also fared well in field events on Saturday afternoon. Senior Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) placed first to lead four UNH athletes to place in the hammer throw. Senior Kelsey Farrell (North Hampton, N.H.) took third place (130-02), junior Keila Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) earned fourth (126-06), and sophomore Abigail Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) placed fifth (122-08).
Kaplan followed with a victory in the shot put event. The sophomore posted a measurement of 38 feet and 11 inches to take first. Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) placed third in the event with a throw of 38-08.75.
Bonsaint and sophomore Abbey Smith (Derry, N.H.) closed out the day for UNH with a pair of top-six finishes in the long jump event. Bonsaint earned second with a mark of 16-06.50, while smith logged a jump of 15-06.00 to take sixth.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, April 23 when they travel to the University of Pennsylvania to compete in the Penn Relays. For the latest news and information on the UNH track and field program, check out www.unhwildcats.com