BOSTON –The University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field team recorded 51 points en route to being selected third overall in the America East Preseason Coaches Poll as announced on Tuesday.
     Boston University was selected the preseason favorite to win the 2007 America East Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, according to a vote of the conference’s head coaches. The Terriers received five votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team), tallying 61 points. University at Albany took four first-place votes in its second-place standing with 59 points.
    New Hampshire (51 points) finished in third place, followed by Binghamton University (38 points), and University of Vermont (37 points) taking fifth-place. UMBC (27 points) and University of Maine (27 points) tied for sixth, Stony Brook University (15 points), and the University of Hartford (8 points) rounded out the coaches’ poll.
    New Hampshire attempts to improve on last season’s third place finish and is led by senior thrower Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.). Moore finished first in the shot put; third in the discus and third in the hammer throw during last season’s conference championships. Junior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) returns after a third place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, while Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) returns to the Wildcats after taking the winter season off and should be a major contributor in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 1500-meter run.
    Sophomore Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) notched an eighth place finish in the 200 meters and is UNH’s most talented threat in the sprinting events, while sophomore Lauren Barbour (Tewksbury, Mass.) delivered a fifth place effort in the 400-meter hurdles. In addition to Parker, UNH features a number of point scorers in the distance events highlighted by senior Emily Mareb (Great Barrington, Mass.) in the 5000 meter run and junior Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) in the 800 meters. Haley is coming off an impressive winter with a win in the  1000 meters at New Englands.
    The Wildcats open the 2007 outdoor season at the University of Maine on Saturday (March 31) at 12 noon.

2007 Preseason Poll

1. Boston U. (5) 61
2. Albany (4) 59
3. New Hampshire 51
4. Binghamton 38
5. Vermont 37
6. UMBC/Maine 27
8. Stony Brook 15
9. Hartford 8
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