Women's Track & Field Third After Day One of AE Championships

ORONO, Maine – Junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) and senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) each posted second-place finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track and field team to a third-place finish after day one of the America East Outdoor Championships Saturday at the University of Maine.

The Wildcats finished day one with 33 points to place ahead of Vermont (31), Boston University (27), Maine (26), Stony Brook (16), UMBC (11) and Hartford (4), but behind Binghamton (46) and Albany (40).

The Wildcats' were impressive in the hammer throw, led by Read, who took second with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 167-08. Junior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) and senior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) took third and eighth, respectively, with tosses of 155-03 and 142-04.

Stern was runner-up in the javelin with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 139-06.

Graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) placed second overall in the preliminaries of the 1,500 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:38.55. Junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) and senior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) also qualified for Sunday's final, finishing fifth and 10th, respectively, in times of 4:38.70 and 4:39.53.

Sophomore Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) finished third overall in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:45.96.

After four events in the heptathlon, senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) sits in third place with 2759 points, while senior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) is tied for ninth with 2457 points.

In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, senior Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) and junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in times of 11:05.95 and 11:06.11.

Junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) finished sixth in the 100-meter preliminaries, qualifying for the finals with a time of 12.20. Brehm also moved on to the finals of the 200 meters, finishing in a time of 25.06.

Freshman Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles, qualifying for the finals in a time of 14.86, while junior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 17-04.75.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, May 6 for the second and final day of the America East Championships at Maine.

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