DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 at the Jerry Gravel Track at Alumni Field on the campus of Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass.
The women's team enters competition following a fifth-place finish at the America East Track and Field Championships on May 3rd and 4th. This week the Wildcats will look to senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.), senior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.), senior Andrea Turteltaub (Mansfield, Mass.), senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.), senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.), junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.), and sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.).
Read enters New Englands fresh off an individual title in the hammer throw event at the America East Championships. The senior thrower will be seeded first among all hammer throwers at this weekend's meet. Read's best performance of the season came during Princeton University's Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17th. The senior measured a personal-record and America East-best mark of 184 feet and 1 inch to take fourth place at the meet.
The Wildcats also expect big things from Walsh at the New England meet. Another senior thrower, Walsh will compete this weekend after claiming first place in the discus throw at the America East Championships. The Penacook, N.H. native scored a personal-best measurement of 137 feet to earn herself the individual title and take home 10 points for UNH.
Turteltaub is also expected to anchor the Wildcats over the weekend. The senior javelin thrower most recently finished in fifth place at the conference meet. Turteltaub launched a throw of 129-07 to take the fifth spot on May 3rd. Earlier this season at the UNH Wildcat Invitational II, Turteltaub posted a personal-best mark of 130-05 in a first-place effort for the Wildcats.
Beattie, who enters the competition as the second seed in the 10,000-meter race, should lead the way for Wildcat runners. The senior distance competitor claimed fifth place for UNH in the 5,000-meter run last weekend at the America East Meet. In her only other 10k race, Beattie finished 19th at the 118th annual Penn Relays, clocking in at 35:27.19.
UNH will also look for Brehm to carry some weight on the track. The senior sprinter has seen great success during her final outdoor campaign in Durham. Last weekend at the conference meet, Brehm scored a quartet of top-eight finishes, including seventh place in the 100-meter dash, fifth in the 200-meter dash, fifth in the 4x100-meter relay, and eighth in the 4x400-meter relay events. Her fifth-place in the 200-meter dash time of 24.45 seconds went down as the fastest time under any condition for the Wildcats in the history of the program. The time of 47.85 that she recorded with the 4x100 relay squad was also a school record for UNH.
Another top field performer for the Wildcats, Salley, will be competing in the high jump event at New Englands. The junior enters the weekend following a second-place performance at the America East Conference Meet. Salley recorded a jump of 5-07.00 to earn second, just missing her personal-best mark of 5-07.75 which she registered in 2012.
The final women's competitor to watch for UNH is Perrodin. The sophomore sprinter has performed at a record level for the Wildcats during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Last week at the conference championships, Perrodin notched a school record time in the 100-meter dash preliminary round (11.99 seconds) on the way to sixth overall in the event finals. She also was a member of the 4x100-meter relay squad that scored a school-record mark of 24.45 seconds in a fifth-place effort.
On the men's side, UNH will look towards senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), senior Jessie Swink (Groton, Conn.), junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.), junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.), freshman Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.), and freshman Christopher Poggi (Derry, N.H.).
Jumpp, a senior thrower for the Wildcats, will look to set the tone for UNH when he competes in the hammer throw event at the New England meet. Jumpp enters the competition fresh off a third-place finish at the conference championships, where he measured a toss of 186-08.00. Earlier this spring, the thrower logged a personal-best mark of 188-03.00 at the UNH Wildcat Invitational.
Another senior thrower, Swink will look for success at the competition this weekend. At the America East Conference Championships on May 3, the senior scored a fourth-place performance in the javelin toss, measuring a toss of 179-08. His season-best measurement of 192-04 came at the Stony Brook Wolfie Invitational on April 19th.
Prizzi will look for a solid performance for the Wildcats in the 1,500-meter race after scoring an individual title in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the conference meet last weekend. The junior distance runner took the individual title at the America East Meet with a time of 9:06.44. Earlier this season, at Princeton University's Larry Ellis Invitational, Prizzi earned a school-record time of 8:47.39 to take seventh in the steeplechase event.
Wildgoose will also compete in a distance event for UNH this weekend. The junior will participate in the steeplechase at New Englands after earning fourth in the same event at the America East Championships last weekend. Wildgoose took fourth with a personal-best time of 9:21.66. He also ran the steeplechase at the Stony Brook Wolfie Invitational on April 19th. At that race he took first place in 9:36.57.
A pair of freshmen, Piazza and Poggi, round out the athletes to watch for the men. The duo each placed in the 800-meter race for the Wildcats last weekend at the America East Championships, with Piazza taking fifth (1:51.94) and Poggi placing sixth (1:52.15). The freshmen also ran in the 4x800-meter relay squad that earned second place in 7:34.77.
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