CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women’s track and field team was selected to finished second at the 2008 America East Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship according to a vote by the conference’s head coaches.
New Hampshire garnered three first-place votes as it tallied a total of 59 points. Boston University was selected as the preseason favorite to win the event as it received six first-place votes, tallying 62 points.
The Wildcats will be led this season by seniors Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), who will be looked upon to provide help in the sprint events and distance events, respectively.
Last season at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships, UNH was led by a duo of Wildcats who garnered both school and conference records as they finished in second place.
Sprinter Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) delivered a fourth-place finish in the 200-meters, en route to posting a new school record and personal record in a time of 24.93 seconds, besting former UNH alum Valerie Williams’ time of 24.94. Hall also set a new UNH indoor record in the 55-meters (7.21) this past winter.
Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) continued her stellar running career at UNH with a first-place finish and America East record in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:13.69). Parker smashed her previous conference record by over 19 seconds and established a new school record by over four seconds, breaking Lesley Read’s time of 10:18.55 set back in 2004. Parker was fourth at the prestigious Drake Relays the previous week and continues to improve her national ranking in the steeplechase.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. when they host the Wildcat Invitational I at Reggie F. Atkins Track. The 2008 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at University of Maine from May 3-4.