DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field team heads into the 2007 America East Championships with plenty of momentum and aspirations of delivering UNH an America East Championship for the first time in the program’s successful history.

After a stellar effort the previous week in which the Wildcats defeated seven other competitors en route to a win at the University of Massachusetts Invitational, the Wildcats look to ride the wave of success all the way to an America East Conference championship for the first time in the successful program’s history.

Leading the charge for the Wildcats is the team’s most productive point scorer, senior Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.), who recently set a third school record at UNH. Moore set a new record in the hammer throw on April 21 and has a great shot of delivering numerous points in three of the four throwing events. UNH sophomore Erica Desroches (Exeter, N.H.) and Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) both could post points in the shot put and hammer, while junior Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) continues to show improvement in the javelin after taking home top honors at the UMass Invite April 28. Sophomore Danielle Blais (Holliston, Mass.) also shows promise in the throwing events, making UNH a very dangerous threat in that area of competition.

The jumping events could play a key factor in determining how well the ‘Cats finish overall as a team. UNH head coach Casey Carroll will need impressive performances by junior Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) in the high jump along with freshman Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) in the pole vault. The Wildcats could struggle in the triple jump, but two solid freshmen could make an early impact in their collegiate careers as newcomers Esperance Ndombe (Manchester, N.H.) and Caleigh Moran (Winchester, Mass.) hope to add points. Junior Kiah Quarles’ (Derry, N.H.) is one of the conference’s top hurdlers, but could also be an asset in the long jump too.

The Wildcats will rely on the consistency of sophomore sprinter Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) in the sprints. Hall set a new school record during the indoor season when she broke a nine-year-old record in the 55-meter dash and could score multiple points in the 100 and 200 meters. Freshman Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.) will add speed to the relay teams. In the 400-meters, Kimberly Usseglio (Watertown, Mass.) and Lauren Barbour (Tewksbury, Mass.) provide plenty of speed and endurance to become factors in one of track’s most grueling races. Barbour recently won the 400-meter hurdles at the UMass invite on April 28.

UNH has plenty of depth in the distance events. Junior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) is the class of the 3000-meter steeplechase as she just placed fourth overall at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 28. Parker currently holds the 12th best time (10:21) in the nation and is fifth in the northeast region. Junior Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.), who won the 1000-meters at the New England Indoor Championships, is a force in the 800-meters. Seniors Amanda Schweizer (Merrimack, N.H.) and Nicole Whalen (Warwick, N.Y.) along with Johanna Fickensher (Painesville, Ohio) and freshman Tricia Rozeboom (South Haven, Mich.) hope to record points in their respective races.

The 2007 installment of the women’s outdoor track and field team is as ready as ever to bring home a conference championship to New Hampshire.
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