DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior Leslie Read (Dover, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire outdoor track team ran against some of the top athletes in the nation this past weekend at the NCAA Eastern Regional Outdoor Track championships at the University of Florida.
Read placed sixth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:18.55, nearly 10 seconds faster than the all-time UNH record in the event, which she recorded the previous week at the ECAC Women's Outdoor Track Championships (10:28.21).
When you look at the competitors who finished higher in the standings than Read, one gets a quick understanding for the high level Read has reached in her event during her career as a Wildcat. First place at the NCAA went to Helen Hofstede of Florida State (10:09.90), followed by Carol Henry of North Carolina (10:12.19), Jennifer Donovan of Boston College (10:14.37) and Kristina Roth of North Carolina State (10:18.33). Read went on to defeat several runners from some very impressive track programs, such as North Carolina State, Providence, Wake Forest, Duke, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida, just to name a few.
Read had the 25th fastest time in the nation for the 3,000 metter steeplechase this year.