ORONO, Maine – Melissa Murphy took first place in the 60-yard dash and finished second in the 200-meter dash, but the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team was defeated by the University of Maine, 102-89, last weekend in the 2003-04 season opener for the Wildcats.
Murphy, with a time of 7.45 seconds in the 60-yard dash, was one of five UNH student-athletes to earn a first-place finish. Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.) edged out teammate Amanda Schweizer in the 400m with a time of 1 minute, 0.9 seconds. Megan Hepp (Milton, Vt.) led a Wildcat sweep of the top three places in the 3000m as she crossed the line in 10:03.70 and followed by Mary Garrity (Manchester, N.H.) and Heather Carmichael (Windsor, Vt.).
In the field events, Jessica Descartes (Randolph, Mass.) recorded the longest distance – 46 feet, 0.5 inches – in the weight throw and Caley Valliere (Hampstead, N.H.) took top honors in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10-0.
Seven other UNH entries earned a second-place finish. Katie Murray (Leominster, Mass.) accomplished that feat in the pentathlon, as did Rebecca Eldridge (Portsmouth, N.H.) in the triple jump and Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.) in the weight throw.
A number of New Hampshire’s second-place efforts were in the middle distances, such as Danielle Waugh (Merrimack, N.H.) in the 500m, Leighann Carpenter (Princeton, Mass.) in the 800m and Nicole Whalen in the 1000m. Emily Mareb recorded the second-fastest time in the mile.
UNH returns to action Jan. 9 (1 p.m.) at the University of Rhode Island. The home opener is Jan. 24 (12 p.m.) against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac.