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CAMBRIDGE, MASS— Student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire continue to excel in the classroom and as a result the Wildcats finished second in the running for the 2007-08 America East Academic Cup with an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.12.  UNH has won the Academic Cup twice, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
    The University of Vermont narrowly edged out UNH to take home the hardware with a 3.14 GPA.
    The University of Maine (3.10), Stony Brook University (3.06) and Binghamton University (3.04) were the other institutions in America East to compile grade point averages of 3.00 or better in 2007-08.


DURHAM, N.H.— Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.), Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) were honored Tuesday evening as the recipients of the Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete Of Year Award. The announcement was made at the annual Student-Athlete Senior Appreciation Banquet.
        Regan, a goalie for the men’s ice hockey team, and Santos, a quarterback for football, were co-recipients of the male athlete award.
        Regan leaves UNH after having one of the most decorated seasons in UNH history. He was named a Hobey Baker finalist, a first team All American, Hockey East Player of the Year (unanimous selection), New England’s Most Valuable Player, Walter Brown Award winner (given annually to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and selected to the All-Hockey East First Team.



STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department continues to excel nationally in both athletics and academics. UNH student-athletes were acknowledged this week as eight teams were honored publicly by the NCAA for their high academic achievement.

The awards are based on the NCAA’s latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that were released on Thursday. These teams posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.


RESULTS

BOSTON
Megan Hepp, a former member of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams, finished in 12th place at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston on April 20.
     Hepp finished the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 37 minutes and 29 seconds and in the process, shaved eight minutes off her previous personal best. The race saw 124 women finish, with the top three awarded a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.


NEW ORLEANSCathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), a senior for the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, as well as the squad itself, were recently honored by the USTFCCCA for their academic success. 
      The All-American Parker was one of 91 female student-athletes to be named to the Division I USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team based on her exceptional academic achievements, as well as her performance at the NCAA New England Regional on Nov. 10, 2007 at Harvard University.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, was named one of six America East Scholar-Athletes for the fall sport season.
     Parker capped off one of the most impressive cross country careers in UNH history by placing 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19. Parker was the second quickest New England runner and the third fastest runner from the Northeast region. Her success in the race paved the way to her becoming the first All-American runner in the UNH program in nearly 15 years.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of 89 University of New Hampshire student-athletes were named to the 2007 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll for recording a grade point average of 3.0 or above in that fall semester, the league announced Thursday. Forty-one of those Wildcats were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and received that distinction with a gpa of at least 3.5.
     The UNH women’s cross country team boasted 21 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll, which tied for the highest total in that sport (Stony Brook also had 21 runners feted). Twelve of those Wildcats were on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. New Hampshire also had the highest total in volleyball with 10 players making the grade; SBU, Binghamton and Maine tied that total.
UNH HONOR ROLL



DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), a runner for the University of New Hampshire track and cross country teams was named the top collegiate track female of the year in the state of New Hampshire in the January/February issue of New England Runner magazine.
     Parker capped off one of the most impressive cross country careers in UNH history by placing 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19. Parker was the second quickest New England runner and the third fastest runner from the Northeast region. Her success in the race paved the way to her becoming the first All-American runner in the UNH program in nearly 15 years.


DURHAM, N.H. – Former University of New Hampshire women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track team member, Megan Hepp, has qualified for the 2008 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston on Sunday, April 20 at 8 a.m.
    Hepp is one of about 180 women expected to qualify for the race. The top three finishers in Boston will be awarded a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Hepp qualified in just her second marathon ever, winning the women’s division and placing second overall with a time of two hours, 45 minutes and 10 seconds at the 2007 Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 10.


    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire is currently leading the America East 2007-08 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings by a mere five points after completion of the fall athletic season. The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference's 22 sports.
    Following the six fall championships, New Hampshire has 144 points and holds a slight edge over current Cup holder, Boston University, which has 139 points. Stony Brook University is third with 111 points followed by Binghamton University (106), University at Albany (83), University of Vermont (81), University of Maine (67), UMBC (65) and University of Hartford (61).



FULL RESULTS
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.
– Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, placed 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Monday, Nov. 19 to become the first All-American in UNH’s running program in nearly 15 years.
    Parker ends one of the most successful cross country careers in UNH history by finishing the 6,000 meter course in a time of 20 minutes, 53.4 seconds. Just 7.9 seconds separated Parker and the 21st spot, while 20.1 seconds were the difference between Parker and 13th place.


BRONX, N.Y. – Freshman Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) finished second overall to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a first-place finish at the ECAC/ICAAAA Championships at Van Cortland Park on Saturday afternoon.
     Jesseman finished the 5K course in a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds, which was just one second behind the first-place finisher.




DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, is heading back to the NCAA National Championships for the second straight year after receiving one of only two individual at-large bids for the entire country.
    Parker finished eighth at the 254-runner NCAA Division I New England Regional Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Harvard University.


BOSTONSenior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) finished eighth overall to help the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish at the 36-team NCAA Division I New England Regional Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Harvard University.
     Parker finished the six kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 57.30 seconds.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Wednesday that senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, as well as senior Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) and junior Matthew O’Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) of the UNH men’s cross country team, have been named to the 2007 America East Cross Country All-Academic Team.
     Parker, whose 3.85 GPA in UNH’s highly-competitive nursing school is the highest on the All-Academic Team, finished second overall at the America East Championships on Oct. 27 in Stony Brook, N.Y., to lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish. Parker completed the 5,008 meter course in a time of 17 minutes, 38.8 seconds.


STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) finished second overall to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the America East Championships Saturday at Stony Brook University.
     Parker, who was named to the America East All-Conference team for her top-10 finish, completed the 5,008 meter course in a time of 17 minutes, 38.8 seconds.


CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that freshman Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team has been named ECAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 22.
     Jesseman finished in first place Oct. 20 at the nine-team Central Connecticut State Mini Meet at Stanley Quarter Park to lead the Wildcats to an overall first-place finish. She finished the two-mile race in a time of 11 minutes, 31 seconds, edging out teammate Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.), who crossed the finish line just one second later at 11:32.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that freshman Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team has been named America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week for the week ending Oct. 22.
      Jesseman finished in first place Oct. 20 at the nine-team Central Connecticut State Mini Meet at Stanley Quarter Park to lead the Wildcats to an overall first-place finish. She finished the two-mile race in a time of 11 minutes, 31 seconds, edging out teammate Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.), who crossed the finish line just one second later at 11:32.



NEW BRITAIN
, Conn.
– Freshmen Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) finished in first and second place, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to an overall first-place finish Saturday at the nine-team Central Connecticut State Mini Meet at Stanley Quarter Park.
     Jesseman finished the two-mile race in a time of 11 minutes, 31 seconds, while Fitzpatrick crossed the finish line just one second later at 11:32.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team was named America East Cross Country Women’s Performer of the Week for the week ending Oct. 15. This marks the second time Parker has garnered the award this season.
      Parker’s eighth-place showing in the 278-runner field at the Penn State Nationals helped the Wildcats finish 13th in the 25-team field Oct. 12. Racing against some of the top runners and schools in the country, including then 17th-ranked Duke, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 26 Penn State, Parker finished the 6K course in a time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, only nine seconds behind sixth-place finisher Bridget Franek of Penn State.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) finished eighth overall, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team placed 13th in the 25-team field at the Penn State Nationals on Friday.
    Racing against some of the top runners and schools in the country, including 17th-ranked Duke, No. 21 West Virginia and No. 30 Penn State, Parker finished the 6K course in a time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, only nine seconds behind sixth-place finisher Bridget Franek of Penn State.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men’s and women’s cross country teams announced a pair of changes to their schedule this past week.
     After previously having the week off, the women will be racing Oct. 12 at the Penn State Invitational in State College, Pa.
     The men will not be racing at Penn State and will instead be racing Oct. 13 at the Albany Invitational in Albany, N.Y.


<CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team was named ECAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 1.
      Parker’s third-place finish Sept. 29 helped the Wildcats to a third-place showing at the nine-team Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine. Parker completed the 5K course in a time of 17 minutes, 19.30 seconds, just four seconds behind the runner up.
   



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, was named America East Cross Country Women's Performer of the Week for the week ending Oct. 1.
     Parker’s third-place finish Sept. 29 helped the Wildcats to a third-place showing at the nine-team Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine. Parker completed the 5K course in a time of 17 minutes, 19.30 seconds, just four seconds behind the runner up.


ORONO, Maine – Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) finished third overall at the 16th annual Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine on Saturday, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the nine-team meet.

Parker finished the five-kilometer course in a time of 17 minutes, 19.30 seconds, just four seconds behind the runner up.




NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday that the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team has moved up to eighth in the NCAA Division I cross country northeast regional rankings.
   
The Wildcats have a pair of second-place finishes – including this past weekend at the University of Maine – and a third-place finish this season.
   
The ‘Cats fell to Maine on Sept. 21 in Orono, Maine when they scored 29 points and the Black Bears tallied 26. Sophomore Emily Osgood (Wellsboro, Pa.) was UNH’s top finisher, grabbing second place with a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds.


ORONO, Maine – Sophomore runner Emily Osgood (Wellsboro, Pa.) finished in second place Friday at the University of Maine, but the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team could not run by Maine.

    Osgood finished the race in a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds.




NEW BRITAIN, Conn.  – A tightly-packed group of seven University of New Hampshire women’s cross country runners, led by Lindsey Jeltes (Oakland, N.J.) in 12th place overall, amassed 90 points to place third in the 14-team Ted Owens Cross Country Meet that was hosted by Central Connecticut State University at Stanley Quarter Park.
     Jeltes, a freshman, finished the 5k course in 18 minutes, 31 seconds. The rest of her six teammates crossed the finish line within the next 29 seconds. Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.), a sophomore, was the next Wildcat to finish as she placed 17th overall in 18:40.
      Mackenzie Ferreira (Westerly, R.I.) and Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) – two more freshmen – finished in 19th place (18:42) and 20th (18:46), respectively. Senior captain Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) completed the team scoring in 22nd place with a time of 18:49.



    DURHAM, N.H.—Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team captured first place overall to lead UNH to a split vs. Providence College and Boston College on Saturday afternoon at UNH’s College Woods 3-plus mile course. BC won it with 32 points, followed by UNH with 47 and PC with 50.
    Parker won the race with a clocking of 17:07, well ahead of second-place finisher Danette Doetzel of Providence who crossed the line in 17:18.
    The Wildcats had three finishers in the top 10, as freshman Erica Jesseman took seventh place (17:47) and Laura LaPlante (Peterborough, N.H.) was 10th in 18:19.


CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team was recently picked third overall in the America East Preseason Poll. It was announced on Thursday.

The Boston University Terriers received top honors with 64 points and eight first place votes, while Stony Brook University was selected second overall with 54 points. The Wildcats came in third-place with 53 points and received the final first-place vote. University of Vermont (40 points), Binghamton University (35) and University of Maine (31) fill the fourth-sixth spots in the poll. University at Albany (19), UMBC (18) and Hartford (10) round out the nine-school poll.


DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire women’s cross country head coach Robert Hoppler announces senior Becky Haley (Dover, N.H.) and junior Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) as co-captains for the upcoming 2007 season. It was announced on Friday.

Haley, a Dover, New Hampshire native, enjoyed a dominant junior season on the cross country course and track last season. Haley placed fourth in a duel meet against rival Maine before placing 47th overall at the Murray Keating Invitational. Haley was also a force on the track as she placed first overall in the 1000-meters at the 2006-07 Indoor New England championships. She was second in the 1000-meters at the 2006-07 Indoor America East championships. Haley continued her success into the spring track season with an impressive fifth place showing in the 800-meters during the America East Championships.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire cross country programs announced its 2007 cross country schedule on Monday, July 2.

Both programs open the 2007 campaign on Saturday (Sept. 1) by hosting Providence College and Boston College. UNH heads down to Stony Brook University the following week (Sept. 7) for a pre-conference meet. The Wildcats and University of Maine get set to battle in Orono on (Sept. 21) in their annual duel meet. UNH rounds out September at the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Orono on (Sept. 29). Both squads produced second place finishes at last season’s meet.




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