VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), and freshmen Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.), each won conference titles as the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track & field team finished second at the America East Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Binghamton University’s East Gym Track Complex.
The Wildcats earned 153 points, placing them behind the University at Albany (176.50), but ahead of Boston University (140.50), the University of Maine (111), Binghamton (80), the University of Vermont (69), Stony Brook University (50), the University of Hartford (39) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (34).
Lathrop won the hammer throw on day one with an NCAA Regional-qualifying toss of 54.41 meters. Senior Erica Desroches (Stratham, N.H.) was third with a throw of 45.26 meters. On Sunday, Lathrop was fourth in the discus with a throw of 39.10, while Desroches finished second in the shot put with a toss of 12.88 meters. Senior Sarah Crane (Londonderry, N.H.) was seventh in the discus with a mark of 36.04 meters.
Early was victorious in the heptathlon with an ECAC Championship-qualifying point total of 4531. Sophomore Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) finished third with 4189 points, while junior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) and freshman Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, with point totals of 4139 and 4104.
Stern continued her torrid stretch in the javelin, winning the title with an NCAA Regional-qualifying throw of 45.68 meters on the first day.
On Saturday, Maguire, who was named Rookie of the Meet after Sunday’s conclusion, captured the 10,000-meter crown in her first try with an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 37:32.65. The women also swept the top three spots as sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) placed second and third, respectively, with times of 37:56.29 and 38:06.73. On Sunday, Maguire and Jesseman finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 5000 meters in times of 17:53.36 and 18:02.63.
Sophomore Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) ran to a third-place finish in the 800 meters Sunday in a time of 2:12.98.
Sophomore Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed fourth in the triple jump on day two with an ECAC Championship-qualifying leap of 12.17 meters. In the long jump Saturday, Quarles and classmate Meghan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, with leaps of 5.44 and 5.36 meters.
In the high jump Sunday, Early and freshman Kimberly Allen (Townsend, Mass.) tied for fourth with leaps of 1.53 meters.
Senior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) and sophomore Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.), who qualified for the 400 meters Saturday, placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the event Sunday in times of 56.73 and 58.40 seconds.
In the 3000-meter steeplechase Saturday, sophomore Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) and seniors Carolyn Durfee (Laconia, N.H.) and Elizabeth Morrissey (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) finished fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in times of 11:06.90, 11:30.25 and 11:35.15.
Sophomore Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) and junior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.), who qualified for the 400-meter hurdles Saturday, placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in times of 1:03.24 and 1:04.27 Sunday. Ryan also finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.91 seconds.
On Sunday, the 4x400-meter relay team of Donohue, Canavan, sophomore Brittany Verville (Bow, N.H.) and Hall placed fourth in a time of 3:51.95. The 4x800 team of Letourneau, junior Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.), and sophomores Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.) and Claire Ciabotti (Cornwall, N.Y.), also finished fourth in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 9:15.50, while the 4x100 team of Ryan, Hall, Canavan and McGrath were sixth in 48.69 seconds.
The Wildcats return to action at the New England Championship on May 7-9 at the UMass Track & Field Complex.