BOSTON, MASS- Bolstered by the performances of Jessica Descartes (Randolph, Mass.), Megan Hepp (Milton, Vt.) and Katie Litwinowich (Holden, Mass.), the University of New Hampshire women's track team snagged a second place finish (83.5 points) at the Boston University Pavilion on Friday. The six-team meet was won by UMass (112) who was followed by UNH, BU (82), Maine (78.5), Providence (65) and Central Connecticut State (53).
Descartes won the lone event for the Wildcats, as she finished first in the Weight Throw with a toss of 46 feet, 8.75 inches. The throw was more than two feet farther than her nearest competitor, UMass' Jennifer Lasiello (44' 4.25"). Her performance was good enough to earn her a spot in February's New England Championships at Smith College.
Litwinowich, a senior, also qualified for the New England's with her performance in the 500-meter dash. She finished in 1 minute 18.26 seconds, earning a third place finish in the event. Last year's New England Champion in the 800 meter, Litwinowich looks to be a force for the 'Cats this season.
Hepp, running in the 3000 meter run, also notched third place honors at the meet. Her time of 10:07.44 saved her a spot at the New Englands as well.
Other strong performances for the 'Cats came from sophomore Liz Stokinger (Hampstead, N.H.), who finished fourth (2:22.59) in the 800 meter and from junior Caitlin Hayes (Keene, N.H.) who ran the mile in 5:19.00 to finish fifth.
The 'Cats return to action at home this Saturday, December 14 when they face off with inter-state rival Maine. The meet begins at 12 p.m. at the Sweet Oval in Durham.