– Seniors Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) and Becky Haley (Dover, N.H.), sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and freshman Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) all captured individual America East championships to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team to a second-place finish at the nine-team America East Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Track and Tennis Center on the campus of Boston University on Feb. 22-23.
UNH, which was in first place after the first day of events, finished with 141.33 points, while Boston University defended its title with 206.83 points. The University at Albany (114.50), the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (72), Stony Brook University (72), the University of Maine (54), Binghamton University (51), the University of Vermont (45.33) and the University of Hartford (22) rounded out the remaining squads.
Roccio compiled 3,293 points to become a conference champion in the pentathlon. Freshman Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.), sophomore Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) and senior Colleen Lally (Winthrop, Mass.) came in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, finishing with 2,931 points, 2,910 points and 2,897 points. Roccio was second in the 55 meter hurdles (8.71s) and the high jump (1.63m), sixth in the shot put (8.94m) and third in the long jump (5.05m) and 800 meter run (2:35.23). Thomas won the 800 meters in a time of 2:29.38.
Haley grabbed a conference crown in the 1,000 meter run, finishing in an ECAC championship qualifying time of 2:51.22.
Ciambra continued her solid year in the pole vault, winning a conference title in the event when she tied her own school record with a leap of 3.60 meters. She set the record earlier this season at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 25 at the Reggie Lewis Center. The 3.60 meters was an ECAC championship qualifying mark.
Kwiecien ran to a first-place finish in the 500 meters, posting a time of 1:15.40. After the meet, Kwiecien was named America East Women’s Indoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Rookie.
Senior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed second in the 55 meter hurdles with an ECAC championship qualifying time of 8.22 seconds, which is her personal best.
Sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 15.88 meters. Senior Brienna Smith (Sandown, N.H.) was fifth with a toss of 15.03 meters.
In the 400 meters, freshman Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) placed second in a time of 57.27 seconds.
The Wildcats also performed well in team events, finishing third in both the 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley. The relay team of freshmen Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Kaitlin Rose (Tewksbury, Mass.), junior Kara Fisher (New Milford, Conn.) and Haley finished in 9:16.07, which was an ECAC championship qualifying time. The medley team of freshmen Lindsey Jeltes (Oakland, N.J.), Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.), Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) and Letourneau finished in an ECAC championship qualifying time of 11:56.57.
Letourneau also finished fourth in the 800 meters in a time of 2:14.97.
Junior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) placed fourth in the 55 meters, finishing in a time of 7.26 seconds. She finished third in the preliminaries of the event, setting a new school record with a time of 7.22 seconds, which was an ECAC championship qualifying mark. Hall broke her own record of 7.27 seconds that she set last season. Hall also placed sixth in the 200 meters in a time of 25.50 seconds.
Junior Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) was fourth in the 5,000 meters, finishing in a time of 17:31.43, which qualified her for the ECAC championships. Sophomore Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) was sixth in a time of 17:56.79. Povec was also sixth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:00.12.
Freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed fifth in both the long jump and the triple jump with jumps of 5.37 meters and 11.85 meters, respectively. Quarles’ performance in the triple jump broke her old school record of 11.67 meters that she set Jan. 26 at the Harvard University Invitational at the Gordon Track and Tennis Center, and qualified her for the ECAC championship. Freshman Megan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) was sixth in the long jump with a distance of 5.36 meters.
UNH had the highest number of ECAC championship qualifiers it has ever had at the America East championships.
The Wildcats return to action at the New England Championships at the Track and Tennis Center Feb. 29-March 1.
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