May 21, 2009

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD SENDING SEVEN TO NCAA REGIONALS

DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) and Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.), junior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), sophomores Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.), Michael Simon (Durham, Conn.) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.), and freshman Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) will all take part in the NCAA East Regional for the University of New Hampshire outdoor track & field team on May 29-30 at North Carolina A&T State University’s Aggie Stadium. Six of the seven athletes are ranked inside the top 100 in the country.

Liset is ranked 97th in the country after his toss of 57.72 meters in the hammer throw at the Wildcat Invitational I on April 4 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track.

Kaste, who was runner-up at the America East Championships, also qualified for the regionals in the hammer at the IC4A Championships on May 17 at Princeton University’s Weaver Track & Field Stadium with a throw of 58.82 meters, the 71st best mark in the country.

Lathrop, who will also compete in the hammer on the women’s side, is 80th in the country with her mark of 54.70 meters at the ECAC Championships this past weekend. Lathrop also won an America East title in the hammer.

Paey, who will compete in the shot put, qualified for the meet with a throw of 18.15 meters at the America East Championships on May 3 at Binghamton University’s East Gym Track Complex. Paey, who won an America East title and was runner-up at New Englands, ranks 24th in the country, the best mark of any of the Wildcats.

Simon, who won an America East title and was runner-up for the New England title, will throw the javelin at regionals after qualifying at the Maine dual meet March 28 at the Becket Family Track Complex with a mark of 66.33 meters, which ranks him 33rd in the nation.

Fitzpatrick ranks 112th in the nation after qualifying for the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10 minutes, 47.41 seconds at the New England Championships on May 10 at the UMass Track & Field Complex.

Stern, who captured America East and New England titles this season, will also throw the javelin on the women’s side after qualifying at ECACs with a mark of 46.15 meters, the 44th best in the country.

The top-five finishers in each event earn automatic bids to the NCAA National Championships, while anyone in the top 12 has the ability to earn an at-large bid. The NCAA National Championships will be held June 10 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field.

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