HANOVER, N.H. -- Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) won the 60-meter hurdles and also recorded second- and fifth-place finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track and field team to last weekend's split of a dual meet at Leverone Field House. UNH edged out the University of Vermont, 97-91, and fell to the host school Dartmouth College, 56-97.
Quarles recorded the fastest time in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles en route to winning the event with a time of 9.25 seconds. Her distance of 5.12m was .01 short of first place in the long jump and Quarles opened her day with fifth place in the 200 (27.89).
Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.) was another Wildcat who almost recorded two victories. She bested the field in the 400 with a time of 59.12 and finished second in the 200 as her time of 27.22 was .14 behind the winner.
Melissa Murphy (Rockland, Mass.) and Jessica Descartes (Randolph, Mass.), as well as the 4x800 relay team, were UNH's other first-place finishers. Murphy opened the meet with a win in the 60m dash (8.11) and Descartes, who also earned points in the shot put, registered a meet-best distance of 14.67m in the weight throw.
UNH also earned third place in both of those events with Katie Louvitakis (Ludlow, Mass.) in the 60 at 8.43 and Amanda Cmielweski (Englishtown, N.J.) in the weight throw at 13.56.
Amanda Schweizer (Merrimack, N.H.) highlighted other top performances with a second-place finish in the 800 at a time of 1:22.49. Other notable efforts included: Kristin Kowalski (Essex Jnction, Vt.; fourth place) in the 200; Heather Carmichael (Windsor, Vt.; fifth) in the mile; Chloe Harry (Tyler, Texas; fifth) in the 400; Kimbery Usseglio (Watertown, Mass.; fourth) in the 500; Sarah Patsos (Meriden, Conn.) and Allison Pomykato (Hampstead, N.H.) in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1000; and both Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.; fourth) and Rebecca Eldridge (Portsmouth, N.H.;fifth) in the high jump.
The UNH women's indoor track and field team returns to action at home against Boston College and College of the Holy Cross on Jan. 22. Meet time at the Paul Sweet Oval is 12 p.m.