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CAMBRIDGE, MASS— Student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire continue to excel in the classroom and as a result the Wildcats finished second in the running for the 2007-08 America East Academic Cup with an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.12.  UNH has won the Academic Cup twice, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
    The University of Vermont narrowly edged out UNH to take home the hardware with a 3.14 GPA.
    The University of Maine (3.10), Stony Brook University (3.06) and Binghamton University (3.04) were the other institutions in America East to compile grade point averages of 3.00 or better in 2007-08.


DURHAM, N.H.— Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.), Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) were honored Tuesday evening as the recipients of the Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete Of Year Award. The announcement was made at the annual Student-Athlete Senior Appreciation Banquet.
        Regan, a goalie for the men’s ice hockey team, and Santos, a quarterback for football, were co-recipients of the male athlete award.
        Regan leaves UNH after having one of the most decorated seasons in UNH history. He was named a Hobey Baker finalist, a first team All American, Hockey East Player of the Year (unanimous selection), New England’s Most Valuable Player, Walter Brown Award winner (given annually to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and selected to the All-Hockey East First Team.



STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department continues to excel nationally in both athletics and academics. UNH student-athletes were acknowledged this week as eight teams were honored publicly by the NCAA for their high academic achievement.

The awards are based on the NCAA’s latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that were released on Thursday. These teams posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.


RESULTS

BOSTON
Megan Hepp, a former member of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams, finished in 12th place at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston on April 20.
     Hepp finished the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 37 minutes and 29 seconds and in the process, shaved eight minutes off her previous personal best. The race saw 124 women finish, with the top three awarded a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.


RESULTS

BOSTON
– Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) led four top-10 finishers by setting a new school record for the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team, as it wrapped up its season at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships on March 8 and 9 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
     Ciambra placed fifth in the pole vault, setting a new school record by clearing a height of 3.85 meters. Ciambra wraps up what Head Coach Robert Hoppler called “the greatest season ever by a UNH pole vaulter,” by recording a school-record leap for the sixth time this season. Ciambra, who won conference and New England titles in the pole vault this season, set a new school record Jan. 13 at the Dartmouth Relays, eclipsed the mark Jan. 25 at the Boston Indoor Games, tied the mark Feb. 14 at the URI Mega Meet and again Feb. 25 at the America East Championships and then broke the mark March 3 at the New England Championships before raising the bar again at the ECACs.



CAMBRIDGE
, Mass.Six student-athletes from the University of New Hampshire men’s and women’s track and field teams were recently named to the America East All-Academic team based on their athletic and academic achievements.
     Senior Jordan Horwitz (
Evanston, Ill.) and sophomore Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) were two of the 14 athletes from the men’s side to be honored based on their on and off the field success.




RESULTS

BOSTON
– Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) captured a New England championship in the pole vault to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team to a fifth-place finish at the 32-team New England Indoor Track and Field Championship, which was held at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center Feb. 29-March 1.
     The Wildcats’ 46 points placed them behind the University of Connecticut (155), Northeastern University (80.50), the University of Rhode Island (63.50) and Boston University (63). The ‘Cats finished ahead of 27 other squads.


RESULTS

BOSTON
– 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.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team, was named America East Women’s Field Performer of the Week for the week ending Feb. 18.
      Lathrop won the weight throw at the Dartmouth Indoor Invitational on Feb. 16 with a toss of 16.06 meters, helping the Wildcats to a third-place finish at the Leverone Field House.


RESULTS

HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.), senior Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.), freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) each won an event to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team to a third-place finish at the Dartmouth Indoor Invitational on Saturday at the Leverone Field House.
    The Wildcats (100) finished behind Brown University (208) and Dartmouth College (144), but ahead of the University of Vermont (48) and Quinnipiac University (23).


RESULTS

BOSTON – Respective fourth, fifth, fifth and sixth-place finishes by freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.), senior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.), freshman Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) and sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), highlighted the Valentine Invitation for the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team. The meet was held at the Track and Tennis Center on the campus of Boston University on Feb. 8 and 9 and was a high school/college/open meet.



RESULTS

KINGSTON, R.I.
– Senior captain Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) was one of four athletes to win an event for the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team as they placed second at the University of Rhode Island Mega Meet on Feb. 2 at Mackal Field House.   
     The Wildcats’ 175 points were not enough to top URI (249.50), but were more than enough to get by the University of Massachusetts (131.5), Quinnipiac University (48), Central Connecticut State University (19), Rhode Island College (15) and Bryant University (12).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Monday that sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team, was named America East Field Performer of the Week for the week ending Jan. 27.


DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), a runner for the University of New Hampshire track and cross country teams was named the top collegiate track female of the year in the state of New Hampshire in the January/February issue of New England Runner magazine.
     Parker capped off one of the most impressive cross country careers in UNH history by placing 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19. Parker was the second quickest New England runner and the third fastest runner from the Northeast region. Her success in the race paved the way to her becoming the first All-American runner in the UNH program in nearly 15 years.


RESULTS | PENTATHLON RESULTS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) set another school record as the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team placed fourth at the Harvard University Invitational on Jan. 26 at the Gordon Track and Tennis Center.
    Quarles placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 11.67 meters, breaking her own school record of 11.50 meters that she set Jan. 19 in a dual meet at Paul Sweet Oval. Quarles also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 5.47 meters, with freshman Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) placing sixth with a jump of 5.32 meters.


RESULTS

BOSTON – Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) set a new school record to highlight the day for the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 25 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
    Ciambra finished in a tie for second place in the pole vault after her jump of 11 feet, 9.75 inches broke her own school record (11-6¼) that she set at the Dartmouth Relays on Jan. 13. With the performance, Ciambra also becomes an ECAC qualifier.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team, was named America East Women’s Field Performer of the Week for the week ending Jan. 21 the America East conference announced Wednesday.
    Quarles won two events and set a new school record to lead her team to a dual-meet win against the College of the Holy Cross and Quinnipiac University at the Paul Sweet Oval on Jan. 19.


RESULTS

DURHAM, N.H.
– Junior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) won three events and freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) set a new school record in the triple jump to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team to Saturday’s dual-meet win at the Paul Sweet Oval.
    UNH’s 166 points were too much for both the College of the Holy Cross (119) and Quinnipiac University (47).


DURHAM, N.H. – Former University of New Hampshire women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track team member, Megan Hepp, has qualified for the 2008 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston on Sunday, April 20 at 8 a.m.
    Hepp is one of about 180 women expected to qualify for the race. The top three finishers in Boston will be awarded a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Hepp qualified in just her second marathon ever, winning the women’s division and placing second overall with a time of two hours, 45 minutes and 10 seconds at the 2007 Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 10.


HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H) returned to her hometown and wound up setting a new school record in the pole vault at the Dartmouth Relays that took place Jan. 11-13 at Leverone Field House. The meet was a college/open event.
      Ciambra’s jump of 11 feet, 6.25 inches broke the old school record of 11-4½ that was set by Shanna Mailloux in 2002. That effort placed her sixth in the event.


DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be hosting a dual meet with Holy Cross and Quinnipiac on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Paul Sweet Oval. The following is the schedule of events:


RESULTS

ORONO, MAINE – The University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team received a balanced effort from the entire squad, winning 13 of the 17 events en route to a 113-60 victory over the University of Maine on Saturday at the UMaine Field House.
    Freshman Megan Donohue set a new school record in the triple jump with a distance of 11.42 meters, breaking the record that freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) set Dec. 1 at the Husky Invitational (11.19).


RESULTS

KINGSTON, R.I. – Senior Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) tallied 3,132 points to place third and lead an excellent University of New Hampshire women's indoor track and field team showing at the University of Rhode Island Pentathlon on Friday at Mackal Field House. Roccio was one of five Wildcats to place in the top 10.
     Roccio posted a time of 9.42 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles, had a 1.58 meter jump in the high jump, recorded a distance of 9.09 meters in the shot put, submitted a 4.87 meter mark in the long jump, and finished the 800 meter run in a time of two minutes, 37.53 seconds.




RESULTS


BOSTON
– The University of New Hampshire women's indoor track and field team used first-place finishes from freshman Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), and a new school record by freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.), as part of a solid showing at the season-opening Husky Winter Carnival on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.
     Letourneau placed first in the 500 meter dash, finishing in one minute, 18.81 seconds. Freshman Kaitlin Kwiecien (1:20.00) and sophomore Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.) (1:20.42) finished fourth and sixth in the event, respectively.




INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of New Hampshire athletic department received four separate National Collegiate Athletic Association Public Recognition Awards on Oct 17 for earning an Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent in their respective sports.
      In total, 217 Division I colleges and universities were represented in the two-year aggregate study of APR scores. Of the 839 teams the NCAA honored, UNH was recognized in football, women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track and men’s soccer.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A total of 203 University of New Hampshire student-athletes have been named to the 2006-07 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for earning grade point averages of 3.0 or higher during the winter and spring seasons, the conference announced Monday.
     Of UNH’s 203 honorees, 90 received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which recognizes those student-athletes who earned a 3.50 gpa or higher.


NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Hampshire women’s track and field program was one of 97 programs to be named to the 2007 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Team as announced on Wednesday.

The Wildcats posted a grade point average of 3.18 and were one of three America East institutions to be named to this prestigious team honor. Binghamton University and University of Vermont were the other two programs named to the team.




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