Women's indoor track and field takes fourth at America East championships

BOSTON-The University of New Hampshire women's indoor track team took fourth place at the America East championships, hosted by Boston University, with a final score of 102 this weekend. Northeastern University won the meet with 173.50 points with Boston University taking second with 134 points. Third place went to Albany with a score of 107. UNH beat out Binghamton (80.50), University of Maryland-Baltimore County (54), Maine (48), Vermont (46), Stony Brook (32) and Hartford (3) for the fourth place finish.

The highlight of the weekend came in the 500-meter event. Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.) won the event as her time of 1:15.12 bested all the competition. Several other Wildcats took home second place finishes to help the 'Cats to a fourth place overall finish. Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) took second place in the long jump event with a leap of 5.44 meters. Quarles added a seventh place finish in the 55-meter hurdle event to her weekend successes. Jessica Descartes (Randolph, Mass.) took second place in the weight throw event with a toss of 15.39 meters. Another top three finisher was Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) whose jump of 1.58 meters was good for third in the long jump event.

Descartes was followed up by teammates in the weight throw event. Chia-Ling Wu (Merrimack, N.H.) took fourth place in the event while Amanda Cmielewski (Englishtown, N.J.) took seventh.

Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) took fourth place in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:03.91. Megan Hepp (Milton, Vt.) and Caitlyn Hayes (Keene, N.H.) finished right behind each other in the 5000-meter event with Hepp narrowly beating Hayes. They finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Other long distance runners saw success over the weekend. The 1000-meter event saw Wildcats finishing fifth and sixth. Nicole Whalen (Warwick, N.Y.) and Chelsea Corr (East Greenbush, NY) finished with times of 2:57.57 and 2:58.26 respectively. Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) placed fifth in the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:15.75. Lauren Tebbetts (Waterville, Maine) placed sixth in the pole vault when she cleared a height of 3.15 meters.

Four Wildcats placed in the Pentathlon to add points to the Wildcats total. Chloe Harry (Tyler, Texas), Rebecca Eldridge (Portsmouth, N.H.), Kathleen Hoppe (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Roccio finished fifth through eighth to garner ten points collectively.

Two relay teams finished second to gain the Wildcats valuable points. The distance medley relay team finished with a total time of 11:51.62. The 4x800 relay team also finished second with a race time of 9:15.03.

Next up for the Wildcats are the New England championships, once again hosted by Boston University, for those athletes who qualify. The championships will be held next weekend February 25-26.

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