UNH women's track team edged for New England title

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track & field team closed strong with 13 points in the final two events and finished in second place at the New England Women's Track and Field Championships that were held at UNH's Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility from May 9-10. UNH compiled 77 points, which was second only to the University of Maine (78.50).

UNH trailed frontrunner Maine, 73.50-64 with only the 3000-meter steeplechase and 4x400m relay remaining. Megan Hepp (Milton, Vt.) was timed in 10 minutes, 55.26 seconds and was the second runner to cross the finish line, which earned eight points for the Wildcats. Maine earned three points with a sixth-place finish and took a 76.5 to 72 lead into the final event of the meet.

The Black Bears ran in heat 2 of the 4x400 and finished with a time of 3:57.51. UNH's quartet of Amy Czesnowski (Branford, Conn.), Katie Litwinowich (Holden, Mass.), Leighann Carpenter (Princeton, Mass.) and Chloe Harry (Tyler, Texas) competed in the third heat and finished in 3:55.13. That effort placed the 'Cats fourth and was worth five points, but it wasn't enough to overtake Maine, which earned two points from its seventh-place finish.

Hepp, who combined with Chelsea Corr (East Greenbush, N.Y.), Kelly McCloskey (Hopwell Junction, N.Y.) and Jennifer Busse (Hampden, Maine) to place fifth in the 4x800m relay (9:25.79), was one of 12 Wildcats who earned a top-seven performance at the championships.

All four runners from the 4x400 relay also placed in other events. Carpenter earned the title of New England champion in the 800m by crossing the finish line first in a time of 2:13.50. Litwinowich also excelled in the 800m and earned third place (2:14.50). Earlier in the day, she was runner-up in the 1500m (4:29.87). Harry took third place with an effort of 5-feet-3.00 in the high jump and Czesnowski placed fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:04.03).

UNH's long distance runners fared well on Friday. Caitlin Hayes (Keene, N.H.) was the third-fastest runner in the 5000m with a clocking of 17:22.79. Stephanie Ouimette (Manchester, N.H.) led a group of three Wildcats who placed in the top seven of the 10000m. Her time of 38:19.70 placed fourth, and she was followed by Mary Garrity (Manchester, N.H.) in fifth (38:31.19) and Lisa Winn (Rye, N.H.) in seventh (38:52.18).

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