AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) broke the school record she held in the triple jump to win that event and she finished second in the long jump to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track & field team to a second-place finish at the seven-team UMass Spring Meet on Saturday afternoon at the UMass Track & Field Complex.
With 156 points, the Wildcats finished ahead of UMass (138), Harvard (112), Vermont (73), Hartford (34) and American International (10), but behind Dartmouth (187).
Quarles won the triple jump with a leap of 12.13 meters to not only break the school record she established last year, but also set a UMass facility record and qualify for the ECACs. She finished second in the long jump with a mark of 5.53 meters.
A second Wildcat also broke a UMass facility record in a winning effort as freshman Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) captured first place in the javelin with a throw of 41.91 meters. That effort qualified Stern to compete at the ECACs.
The Wildcats also had a pair of winners on the track, with sophomores Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) each coming out victorious in their events. Letourneau was first in the 800 meters in a time of two minutes, 13.44 seconds, while Fitzpatrick beat the runner-up by more than 12 seconds as she finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:11.96.
Senior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) also contributed with a pair of second-place finishes. Hall was second in the 100 meters in 12.39 seconds, just one-tenth of a second behind the winner. She was also second in the 200 meters, only three-hundredths of a second behind the first-place finisher, with a mark of 24.74 to break her school record.
Junior Aslee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) submitted a pair of solid performances on the afternoon. Lathrop was second in the hammer throw with a toss of 48.91 meters, and was also fourth in the discus with a throw of 39.53 meters.
Sophomore Chelsea Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) finished third in the 400 meters in a time of 58.02 seconds.
The Wildcats’ 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams both placed third in respective times of 48.77 seconds and 4:05.62.
Sophomore Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:04.90. In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 15.20 and 15.22 seconds.
Back in the field, Early also handed in a third-place performance in the high jump, recording a leap of 1.65 meters.
Senior Erica Desroches (Stratham, N.H.) was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.19 meters.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 at the America East Championships at Binghamton University’s Alumni Stadium. Events on both days kick off at 9 a.m.