AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) won a title in the javelin to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track & field team to a second-place finish at the 36-team New England Championships on Friday and Saturday at the UMass Track & Field Complex.

With 79.50 points, the Wildcats finished behind Boston College (87).

Stern added a New England title to her America East title as she threw the javelin an NCAA Regional-qualifying 43.55 meters to beat out the runner-up by a foot-and-a-half.

Sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) finished second in the 10,000 meters in a time of 38 minutes, 27.25 seconds

In the heptathlon, sophomore Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and junior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) placed second and third, respectively, with point totals of 4419 and 4373.

The Wildcats’ 4x800 team also finished second in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 9:08.56. The 4x400 team was fifth in 3:54.31.

Sophomore Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 1:02.26. In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) was sixth at 14.99 seconds. Donohue also placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.60 meters.

Sophomore Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) was fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in an NCAA Regional-qualifying time of 10:47.41.

Over in the field, junior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) finished fifth in the hammer throw with an ECAC Championship-qualifying toss of 53.66 meters.

Sophomore Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) also placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.97 meters.

Classmate Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) was also fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.59 meters.

Senior Erica Desroches (Stratham, N.H.) finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 12.85 meters.

Back on the track, senior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) placed sixth in the 400 meters in 57.54 seconds

Sophomore Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) was also sixth in the 800 meters in a time of 2:13.44.

The Wildcats return to action Friday, May 15 at the IC4A Championships at Princeton’s Weaver Track & Field Stadium. The meet will conclude Sunday, May 17.


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