BALTIMORE, Md. University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field Head Coach Casey Carroll along with the rest of the coaching staff garnered America East Coaching Staff of the Years as the staff guided the Wildcats to a second place finish at the 2007 America East Championships on Sunday at UMBC.
The Great Danes scored 162 points, outdistancing second-place New Hampshire (156 points) by just six points. Boston University finished third with 139.5 points, followed by Vermont (110.5) and Binghamton (101) in fourth and fifth, respectively. Maine (73), UMBC (70), Stony Brook (31) and Hartford (14) round out the nine-team field.
Junior harrier Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) smashed her previous conference record by over 18 seconds as she cruised to a first place win in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:13.69). Parker, who is one of the nations elite steeplechaser set a school record, besting UNH alums Lesley Read’s time of 10:18.55 set back in 2004.
UNH receive a fourth place finish in the 1500-meters as Nikki Whalen (Warwick, N.Y. ) posted a fourth place time of 4:32.55. Kim Povec(Holland Patent, N.Y.) recorded a fifth in the 10000-meters (38:07.00), while Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) captured fifth in the 800-meters (2:13.43).
In the sprints, sophomore Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) delivered a fourth place finish in the 200-meters en route to also setting a new school record (24.93), besting UNH alum Valerie Williams' record of 24.94 set back in 1999.
In the field events, UNH was led by senior Erin Moore’s (Nashua, N.H.) dominant weekend as she scored points in each of the four throwing events. Moore posted two second place finishes in the shot put (42-11.50) and hammer (157-1), respectively, and finished sixth in the javelin (104-7) and recorded an eighth place effort in the discus (125-11). Ashley Lathrop added a fourth place in the discus (135-11) and Jennifer Hitchock (LaSalle, Ontario) registered a second place finish in the javelin (122-3).
Wildcat freshman Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) saved her finest outing of the season when she posted a personal-best vault of 11-3.75 to place second overall in the pole vault.
The sprinting events were highlighted by a victory in the 100-meter hurdles by captain Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.), who raced to the finish line in a time of 14.44 to capture her first individual conference title. In the 400-meter hurdles, Lauren Barbour (Tewskbury, Mass.) tallied a fourth place finish for the Wildcats.