Women’s Track & Field Competes at ECAC Championships

BOSTON – Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) posted a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team to a 22nd-place finish at the ECAC Championships over the weekend at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center.

The Wildcats finished with 14 points, while Connecticut captured the meet with 60.5 points.

Maguire placed second overall in the 3,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in a time of 9.33.97. She trailed only Bridget Dahlberg (9:29.37) of Boston College in the 24-runner field. The Massachusetts native was runner-up in the 3,000m at the America East Championships with a time of 9:29.49 and broke the school record in the event previously set by Nancy Scardina in 1982 (9:32.22). She also placed second overall in the mile at last week's New England Championships.

The Wildcats' distance medley relay squad of junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.), sophomore Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) and seniors Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) and Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) took third overall in a time of 11:40.13.

On Saturday, freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) advanced to the semifinals of the 60-meter dash but just missed qualifying for the finals with a record-breaking time of 7.65 for 11th place. Perrodin broke her own mark of 7.66 set last week at the New England Championships. The rookie also tied the school record in the 55 meters earlier this season with a time of 7.21 in a dual meet against Maine.

Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished 16th overall in the 5,000 meters with a personal best time of 17:00.63. Beattie was runner-up in the event at the America East Championships and was a member of the school record-breaking distance medley relay team at last week's New England Championships.

The Wildcats' 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.), junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) and junior Madeline Allen (Lenox, Mass.) placed 15th in a time of 9:35.47.

The NCAA Championships are March 8-9 on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. UNH kicks off its outdoor season Saturday, March 30 when they take on the University of Maine in a dual meet at the Beckett Track & Field Complex.

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