DURHAM, N.H. -- Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.), Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.) and Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) all recorded first- and second-place finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track and field team to second place in a four-team meet Saturday at UNH's Paul Sweet Oval.
UNH compiled 131.5 points to finish behind Boston College, which amassed 141 points. The Wildcats were followed by the College of the Holy Cross (93.5 points) and the University of Massachusetts.
Hall made her mark in the sprints. She recorded the fastest time (7.63 seconds) in the preliminaries of the 55-meter dash, then bested that mark in finals to win the race with a time of 7.46. Hall registered the same time - 26.79 - as BC's Alison Fogarty in the 200m but was edged at the finish line to take second place.
Moore led an impressive Wildcat contingent in the throws as UNH recorded five of the top seven distances in both the weight throw and shot put. Moore bested the field in the weight throw with an effort of 51 feet, 11.25 inches and was followed by teammates Chia-Ling Wu (Merrimack, N.H.; 48-5.25) and Amanda Cmielewski (Englishtown, N.J.; 46-2) in second and third, respectively. Brienna Smith (Sanbdown, N.H.) placed fifth with a throw of 44-10.25 and Larissa Smith (Sandown, N.H.) was seventh at 39-9.75. Moore was also the top 'Cat in the shot put as her effort of 41-1.75 placed second in the event. Cmielewski was third at 38-4.75 and followed by Larissa Smith (fifth; 35-9.50), Sarah Crane (Londonderry, N.H.; sixth; 33-5.75) and Wu (seventh; 33-4.5).
Quarles excelled on the track and in the field. She had the best time (8.50) in the 55m hurdles preliminaries, then won the event with a time of 8.44 in the finals. Quarles' distance of 17-8 in the long jump was the second-best mark of the day by one inch. She also took fourth place in the 200m with a 27.82 clocking.
UNH had three other first-place finishes. Chloe Harry (Tyler, Texas) won the pentathlon with 3,090 points and Kathleen Hoppe (Hopkinton, Mass.) was second with a total of 2,739 points. New Hampshire took three of the top four places in the 500m and was led by Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) in first place with a time of 1:20.62. Amanda Schweizer (Merrimac, Mass.) was third in 1:21.83 and followed by Chelsea Corr (East Greenbush, N.Y.) at 1:22.12. Catherine Parker (Westfield, Mass.) bested the competition in the 1,000m run by crossing the finish line in 3:00.28.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 28 at the University of Maine to race against Maine and Central Connecticut. The meet begins at 12 p.m.