New Hampshire women’s track eighth at New Englands

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The University of New Hampshire women’s track team finished in the top three in three events on Saturday, leading the Wildcats to an eighth-place finish at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Williams College this weekend.

It was UNH’s best finish ever at the New Englands. The Wildcats finished eighth in 1998 with 36 points but surpassed that with 44.5 points this year. The University of Connecticut won the meet with 157 points.

Freshman Laurie Liskow (Strafford, N.H.) was UNH’s top individual performer, taking second in the javelin with an ECAC qualifying throw of 138 feet. Leading the way in the pole vault for the ’Cats was senior Holly Spotts (Wilmot, N.H.), who took third with a new school record of 11-01 1/2, while junior Shanna Mailloux (Bedford, N.H.) was fifth (10-07 1/2) and senior Krysta Kenyon (Plainfield, N.H.) finished seventh (10-01 1/2).

The 4 x 400m relay team of senior Valerie Williams (Merrimack, N.H.), freshman Leighann Carpenter (Princeton, Mass.), junior Heidi Flanders (Richmond, N.H.) and sophomore Holly Prud’homme (Salem, N.H.) finished second, three-hundreths of second ahead of Yale with a time of 3:52.12, breaking a school record. For Williams, the senior now holds, individually and as member of several relays, seven school records. The 4 x 100m relay team of senior Amie McDonnell (Lebanon, N.H.), freshman Wittly Jourdan (Somerville, Mass.), Williams and Prud’homme took fifth. Individually, Williams finished eighth in the 400m (58.60).

Senior Taryn Kenney (N. Attleboro, Mass.) took fifth in the 1,500m (4:38.95), freshman Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) finished fourth in the discus (135-10) and junior Alicia Anderson (Orleans, Mass.) was sixth in the high jump (5-03 1/4).

The Wildcats will be at the ECAC Championships at Princeton University starting May 18.

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