BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team scored 38 team points and hold second place following the first day of competition at the America East Championships, Saturday afternoon at the Frank H. Livak Track & Field Facility on the campus of the University of Vermont.
Freshmen distance runners Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) and Alexandria Giese (Franklin, Mass.) opened things for the Wildcats with a pair of top-five finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event. Keiran took second place with a time of 10:54.77, while Giese snagged fifth in 11:07.03.
Three more Wildcats placed in the 10,000-meter race on Saturday. Sophomore Amber Short (Keene, N.H.) paced the way, taking fifth with a time of 36:30.68. Senior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) followed with a seventh-place finish (36:41.38), while sophomore Brianna Boden (Keene, N.H.) earned eighth with a time of 36:47.85.
Sprinters Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) scored top-six finishes in the preliminary round of the 100-meter dash. Perrodin took fourth place with a time of 11.99 seconds and Brehm notched sixth place in 12.21 seconds to advance to Sunday's finals.
Brehm followed with a top-six finish in the 200-meter dash. The senior logged a time of 25.26 seconds to earn sixth place in the event and qualify for Sunday's final event.
Two more Wildcats qualified for the finals of the 800-meter dash. Senior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) placed fourth with a time of 2:14.43 and freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) took ninth in 2:20.07 to qualify for the final race on Sunday.
Twombly followed her performance in the 800 with a qualifying time in the 1,500-meter race. The senior scored a time of 4:43.14 to take fifth place in the race.
A pair of Wildcat hurdlers took top-nine finishes in their respective events. Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, R.I.) claimed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.67 seconds, while freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) took ninth in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 1:05.48 seconds.
Seniors Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) and Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) placed in the top four of the hammer throw event for the Wildcats. Read earned the top spot with a measurement of 171 feet and 1 inch, while Liset measured a toss of 156-10 to earn fifth.
Another thrower, sophomore Andrea Turteltaub (Mansfield, Mass.) took the fifth spot in the javelin throw event. Turteltaub earned fifth with a best measurement of 129-07.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday afternoon for the final day of the America East Championship. For the latest news and information on the UNH women's track and field program, check out www.unhwildcats.com.