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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




REGISTRATION

DURHAM, N.H. – Head coach Jim Boulanger recently announced that the 2009 University of New Hampshire Track & Field Golf Scramble will be held Monday, May 11 at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem, N.H.




NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday that the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team was one of 160 squads named to the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— The University of New Hampshire athletic department had 82 student athletes named to the America East Conference’s Academic Honor Roll last week.Students had to earn grade point averages of 3.0 or higher to receive this recognition. Of those student-athletes, 274 earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for completing the fall semester with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. UNH was tied for second in the conference for number of athletes receiving recognition. The Wildcats were ranked fifth in percentage of student-athletes honored.




BRONX, N.Y. – Senior Nick Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) placed first to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s cross country team to its second straight IC4A title at the 100th IC4A Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday afternoon that senior Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.) and junior Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) of the University New Hampshire men’s cross country team, and senior Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) and junior Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) of the women’s squad, were named to the 2008 America East All-Academic Team.




RESULTS

BRONX, N.Y. – Senior Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.), freshman Elizabeth Campbell (Colonia, N.J.) and sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) placed 31st, 36th and 39th, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a ninth-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Qualifier on Saturday afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park.
      The Wildcats finished with 259 points, which trailed Providence College (36), Syracuse University (90), Boston College (95), Stony Brook University (118), Columbia University (140), Cornell University (189), Harvard University (226) and Boston University (228).




RESULTS

BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) and sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) finished inside the top 10 to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the America East championships Saturday afternoon at Oregon Ridge Park on the campus of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.




RESULTS

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Sophomore Lindsey Jeltes (Oakland, N.J.) finished 30th to pace the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team as it finished eighth at the 14-team Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet on Saturday afternoon at Stanley Quarter Park.




RESULTS

BOSTON – Senior captain Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) and sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) finished 12th and 16th, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the 45-team New England Championships on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.), a runner for the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, was named America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week by the conference Tuesday.
     Povec raced to a first-place finish to lead the Wildcats to a fourth-place showing at the Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine on Oct. 4. Povec completed the five-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 5.38 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of the runner up.




RESULTS

ORONO, Maine – Senior captain Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) raced to a first-place finish to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to Saturday afternoon’s fourth-place showing at the Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia), a runner for the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, was named America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week by the conference Tuesday.
     Letourneau earned the honors after finishing first in UNH’s heart-breaking five-point loss to the Maine Black Bears on Friday afternoon at the Beckett Family Track Complex. Letourneau led the pack with her most impressive performance of the season as she ran the course in just 18 minutes, 10 seconds.




RESULTS

ORONO, Maine – Sophomores Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) finished first and third, respectively, but it was not enough, as the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team fell to the University of Maine Friday afternoon at the Beckett Family Track Complex.




TEAM RESULTS | INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Senior captain Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) and freshman Elizabeth Campbell finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the Central Connecticut State University Ted Owen Invite on Saturday afternoon at Stanley Quarter Park.




By Danielle Blais, UNH Athletic Media Relations

DURHAM, N.H. – Not everyone dreams to save the seals as a child, nor can everyone run 60 miles per week. Elizabeth Morrissey (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) does and can. Morrissey is an exceptional senior zoology major and has been named to countless honor rolls. Also adding to her rigorous academic day is her key role on the UNH women’s cross country and track and field teams.




DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) and freshman Liz Campbell submitted respective fifth- and sixth-place finishes Saturday afternoon to help the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to a third-place showing at the season-opening quad meet with Providence College, Boston College and Georgia State College at the College Woods course.
     Jesseman completed the run in 17 minutes, 42 seconds, while Campbell finished just six seconds later at 17:48.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team has finished second in the 2008 preseason coaches’ poll.
     UNH compiled 52 points to finish in a tie with Boston University, 11 points behind defending champion Stony Brook University (63). Stony Brook received seven of a possible eight first-place votes, while Boston U. garnered the other first-place vote.


    The former University of New Hampshire athlete let the tears keep coming. These tears were tears of relief, tears of happiness, tears of joy. And anyway, she didn't need her eyes to see where she was going. She knew every step she took was one step closer to Beijing. Joanne (Duffley) Dow was going to the Olympics.
    On Sunday morning, the final day of the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Dow's last chance to compete in an Olympic Games, she did exactly what she needed to do. Ten years after winning her first U.S. national title, Dow won her 10th, walking her way to Beijing.




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