KINGSTON, R.I. – Leighann Carpenter (Princeton, Mass.) and Caley Valliere (Hampstead, N.H.) earned first-place finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s track and field team to second place at Friday’s GoRhody Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
The Wildcats amassed 153 points to finish behind the host Rams (199 points) but ahead of Stony Brook University (80) and Providence College (67).
Carpenter took first place in the 400-meter dash by crossing the finish line in 58.52 seconds. Valliere had the day’s best effort in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10 feet-6 inches.
Six Wildcats earned points in multiple events. Rebecca Eldrige (Portsmouth, N.H.) placed second in the triple jump (33-3.75) and third in the long jump (16-0.5) as the top ‘Cat point producer. Another ‘Cat who excelled in the field events was Katie Murray (Leominster, Mass.), who was third in the high jump (5-1) and fourth in the long jump (15-0).
Both Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.) and Melissa Murphy earned second- and sixth-place finishes. Moore was the runner-up in the shot put (37-9.25) and registered the sixth-best effort in the weight throw (38-9). Murphy had the second-fastest time in the 55m dash (7.46 seconds) and was sixth in the 200m (28.00).
In middle distance events, Ashley Vance (Manchester, N.H.) was the fifth-fastest runner in the 1,000m (3:14.11) and eight-best in the 1-mile (5:23.99). Katrina Louvitakis (Ludlow, Mass.) fared well in the sprints with eighth-place efforts in both the 55m (7.82) and 200m (28.58).
Other notable individual performances included Katie Litwinowich (Holden, Mass.) placing second in the 500m and Jessica Descartes (Randolph, Mass.) recording the second-longest distance in the weight throw, as well as third-place finishes by Amanda Schwiezer in the 500m, Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.) in the 400m, Kaitlin Norberg (Medfield, Mass.) in the 55m hurdles and Kimberly Usseglio in the triple jump.
The UNH women’s indoor track and field team returns to action Jan. 17 at the New England Challenge Cup, which will be held at Boston University.