Women’s Track and Field Claims Fifth Place at America East Championships

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team posted 107 total team points on the way to fifth place at the America East Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Frank H. Livak Track & Field Facility on the campus of the University of Vermont.

The Wildcats finished behind first place University at Albany (195.50 points), Vermont (142.50), Binghamton University (131 points), and UMBC (129 points). UMass Lowell and Stony Brook University tied for sixth place with 46 points, the University of Maine followed in eighth place with 36 points, and the University of Hartford placed ninth with 24 points.

The Wildcats also got an impressive performance from junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.). Lavallee took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 14.48 seconds.

Another hurdler, freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.), placed in the 400-meter hurdles event for the Wildcats. Messina took eighth place in the event, timing in at 1:05.07.

Senior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) and freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) both placed in the 800-meter race. Twombly got fourth with a time of 2:13.21, while Szymanski crossed the finish line in eighth place (2:17.29).

Twombly followed with a sixth-place finish in the 1,500-meter dash. The senior took the sixth spot with a time of 4:34.52.

Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) took top-seven places in the 100-meter dash. Perrodin claimed sixth in the race with a time of 12.12 seconds, while Brehm earned seventh in 12.16 seconds.

Brehm also placed in the 200-meter dash for UNH. The senior sprinter logged a time of 24.45 seconds to collect fifth place in the event.

A pair of Wildcats took top-five spots in the 5,000-meter run. Junior Chelsey Serrano (Raymond, N.H.) and senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) placed third (17:12.48) and fifth (17:24.17), respectively.

UNH also got a top-three finish from its 4x800-meter relay team. The squad consisting of junior Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.), sophomore Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.), freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.), and Twombly took third place with a time of 9:13.25.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Perrodin, Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), and Brehm finished with a time of 47.85 seconds to take fifth place.

The Wildcats also performed well in field events on the afternoon. Sophomore Abigail Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) and senior Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) started things off by scoring in the shot put event for UNH. Kaplan placed seventh with a toss of 38 feet and 8.25 inches, while Huntress took eighth with a measurement of 38-00.75.

High jumper Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) took second place for UNH. Salley measured a jump of 5 feet and 7 inches to earn the second position.

Senior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) closed things out for the Wildcats with a victory in the discus throw event. The senior posted a mark of 137-00 to take the victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, May 9th for the New England Championships. For the latest news and information on the UNH women's track and field team, check out www.unhwildcats.com.

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