BOSTON, Mass. - Behind a pair of first-place finishes by Megan Hepp (Milton, Vt.), the University of New Hampshire women's track and field team took third at the America East Championships held at Boston University Track & Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday.
Hepp took firsts in the 3000m run and 5000m run, Leighann Carpenter (Princeton, Mass.) was first in the 800m run and Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) was a winner in the pentathlon. Knight won the multi-event with score of 3,428 points, 27 points ahead of University at Albany's Ricshara Knight.
Hepp won the 3000m with a time of 9:53.51 and the 5000m with a time of 17:04.98. Carpenter's winning time in the 800m was 2:13.43. The Wildcats also had three second-place finishes: Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H) in the 500m dash (1:16.05), Katie Litwinowich (Holden, Mass.) in the mile (4:58.83) and the 4 x 800m relay team (9:18.76).
Northeastern University won the meet handedly, picking up 179 points. Albany was second with 128 points, followed by UNH (109), University of Maine (93), Boston University (75), Binghamton University (55), University of Maryland, Baltimore-County (46), Stony Brook University (46), University of Vermont (42) and University of Hartford (6).
Other top finishers for the 'Cats were Kristen Kowalski (Essex Junction, Vt.) with a fifth in the 400m (59.57), Litwinowich with a third in the 1000m run (2:55.30), Lauren Tebbetts (Waterville, Maine) with a fifth in the pole vault (10 feet, 4 inches) and Knight with a fifth in the shot put (43-00.5).
The women return to action on Feb. 27 and 28 at the New England Track & Field Championships held at Boston University.