Laura Rose Donegan, Women's Track & Field

Laura Rose, a junior from Melbourne, Australia, ran a personal-best time of 10 minutes, 10.15 seconds to earn fourth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships that were held May 15-17 at Princeton University.

With that time, Laura Rose is the third-fastest steelplechaser in UNH women’s track & field history. She ranks only behind record-holder and current teammate Ellinor Purrier, as well as All-American Cathy Parker ‘08.

Saturday’s race consisted of two heats with 11 runners each. Laura Rose ran in the second – which was the faster – heat and was fourth across the finish line, less than two seconds behind the third-place finisher and three seconds ahead of the next two runners.

In her previous meet – the America East outdoor championships (May 2-3) – Laura Rose was the runner-up in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:22.08. Her other 2015 outdoor season highlights included seventh place in the steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invitational as well as third place in the 1,500m run at the UMass Pre-Conference Meet.

Laura Rose capped the 2014-15 indoor track & field season with a sixth-place effort in the mile at the New England Championships (Feb. 27-28). One week earlier, she was runner-up in both the mile and 3,000m at the America East conference meet. Her other season highlights included third place in the 3,000m at the Jay Carisella Invitational and fifth place in the 1,000m at the Joe Donahue Games.

In the 2014 cross country season, Laura Rose helped UNH successfully defend its America East title with sixth place. She went on to place 31st in the NCAA Northeast Region Championship.

As a freshman, Laura Rose recorded a top-10 finish at the 2012 America East cross country meet by placing 10th. She returned to competition in the 2013 outdoor track & field season, where she won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Wolfie Invitational and was runner-up in that event at both the America East and New England championships.

As a sophomore, the distance runner helped the UNH cross country team win the first of two consecutive New England title with a sixth-place effort and also helped the Wildcats win the 2013 America East crown with a 12th-place finish.

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