Moore, Quarles break school records
ORONO, Maine -- Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.) and Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) broke school records in the weight throw and long jump, respectively, but the University of New Hampshire women's track and field team was defeated by the University of Maine, 95-85, Dec. 10 at Maine's Field House.
Moore recorded a distance of 52-feet, 2.5 inches in the weight throw to win the event and surpass the previous UNH benchmark of 50-6.75 that was established in 1989 by Karen Wenmark. Moore also took first place in the shot put with an effort of 12.50 meters.
Quarles won the long jump with a distance of 18-6.75, which bested the mark of 18-5.5 set in 1981 by Aleshia Davis. Quarles was edged at the finish line by Maine's Kathryn Souviney in the 60-yard hurdles, 8.40 seconds to 8.43, to take second place in that event.
The Wildcats won four other events, including the 4x440 yard relay. Meghan Fitzgerald (Old Saybrook, Maine) anchored a quarter that was also comprised of Jamie Bemis (Bow, N.H.), Chloe Harry (Tyler, Texas) and Lauren Barbour (Tewksbury, Mass.) and crossed the finish line in 4:07.76.
Also on the track, Bemis led a 1-2-3 finish for the 'Cats in the 400m dash in 1:00.56. Angela Paull (Atkinson, N.H.; 1:01.79) and Barbour (1:02.01) were next to finish. Elizabeth Morrissey (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) ran away from the nine-runner field in the 3000m as her winning time of 11:16.64 put her six seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
Kathleen Hoppe (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded the best effort in the triple jump with a distance of 11.07m. Teammate Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) placed second at 10.91m and also took second place in the high jump by clearing a height of 1.59m. Hoppe also earned points for the Wildcats with third-place finishes in both the 200m (26.68) and 60-yard hurdles (8.91). Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) was second in the 200m at 26.59.
Kimberly Usseglio (Watertown, Mass.) was timed in 1:21.47 in her second-place finish in the 500m. Fitzgerald placed third with a time of 1:22.04. Nicole Whalen (Warwick, N.Y.) crossed the finish line in the 1-mile run at 5:27.10 to earn second place.
New Hampshire breaks for exams and the holidays until resuming the 2005-06 season Jan. 14 at Dartmouth College. The Wildcats' home opener is scheduled for Jan. 21 vs. Boston College and Holy Cross.