DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field will compete in the America East Track and Field Championship on May 3-4 at the Frank H. Livak Track & Field Facility on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.
The men's squad enters the competition following a sixth-place finish at the UNH Wildcat Invitational II on Saturday, April 26 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track. The Wildcats will look for big things from senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.), junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.), freshman Christopher Poggi (Derry, N.H.), and freshman Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) this weekend at Vermont.
Jumpp aims to lead the Wildcats into the America East Championships. The senior thrower will compete in the hammer throw for UNH. Jumpp has produced several impressive performances for the Wildcats so far this season, including a personal-best mark of 188 feet and 3 inches at the UNH Wildcat Invitational on April 12. The senior will be seeded third at the conference meet.
Prizzi will also look to lead UNH this weekend. The distance runner will run as the first seed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event for the Wildcats. Prizzi placed seventh in the only steeplechase event he competed in this season, logging a personal-record and school-record time of 8 minutes and 47.30 seconds at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17th.
Another Wildcat to watch at the championship meet is Penn. The junior sprinter will compete in several events at Vermont, including the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, and the 4x100 relay. On the year, the junior has claimed five top-five finishes, including four victories. At the Holy Cross Men's Meet on April 22, Penn claimed first in the 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 48.56 seconds.
Poggi will lead the Wildcats in middle-distance races at Vermont. The freshman will run the 800-meter dash, the 4x800-meter relay, and the 400-meter dash for UNH. In his only 800-meter race of the year, the freshman earned first-place with a time of 1:54.09 at the UNH outdoor home meet. Most recently he took seventh with the 4x800 relay squad at Penn Relays, logging a time of 7:34.13.
UNH also expects big things from Piazza over the weekend. Another freshman middle-distance runner, Piazza will likely run the 800-meter race, the 1,500-meter race, and the 4x800-meter race for the Wildcats. Most recently, Piazza helped the 4x800 relay take seventh at Penn Relays. The freshman also claimed a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter race at the UNH Wildcat Invitational I, clocking in at 3:55.69.
On the women's side, UNH enters the conference meet after placing second out of seven teams at the UNH Wildcat Invitational II on Saturday, April 26. At the conference meet, the Wildcats will look to seniors Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.), Andrea Turteltaub(Mansfield, Mass.), and Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.), junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.), and sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.).
Read, a senior thrower, will anchor the Wildcats efforts in the hammer throw event this weekend. She enters the meet seeded first in the league and owns the top four measurements in the America East this season. During Princeton University's Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17th, Read measured a personal-record and America East-best mark of 184 feet and 1 inch to take fourth place.
Another thrower, Turteltaub will also look to lead the Wildcats at Vermont. The senior javelin specialist, enters the meet seeded seventh. Turteltaub has placed in the top-two of all four of the events she has competed in, including three victories. Most recently, the senior measured in at 130 feet and 5 inches to take first in the UNH Wildcat Invitational II on April 26th.
Walsh will also be competing in a throwing event for the Wildcats at the conference meet. The senior thrower will look for a top finish in the shot put as she enters the meet as the league's top seed. Walsh measured a season-best toss of 134 feet on April 12 at the UNH Wildcat Invitational.
The Wildcats also expect big things from Salley this weekend. The junior high jumper enters the competition as the fourth seed. At Princeton University's Larry Ellis Invitational earlier this year, Salley measured a season-high jump of 5 feet and 7 inches and snagged third place.
The final athlete to watch this weekend for the Wildcats is Perrodin. The sophomore sprinter will likely compete in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 4x100-meter relay for UNH. Perrodin has taken 10 top-four finishes so far this season, including eight victories. During the UNH Wildcat Invitational I, Perrodin logged a school-record time of 12.08 seconds in the 100-meter dash to take first place in the event.
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