DEDHAM, Mass. – Senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) posted a first-place finish in the javelin as the University of New Hampshire outdoor track & field team sent a select group of throwers to the Northeastern University Husky Open on Saturday at the Solomon Outdoor Track.
Stern, who competed for the first time in three years due to multiple injuries, topped the 29-thrower field with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 147-07, marking the 29th-best throw in the nation this season.
Sophomore Michelle Gearin (York, Maine), who also made the finals in the javelin, finished seventh with a toss of 112-08. Freshman Keila Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) and sophomore Grace Ouellette (Bedford, N.H.) placed 12th and 24th, respectively, with throws of 106-00 and 83-06.
Junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) recorded a runner-up performance in the hammer throw with a personal-best and ECAC-qualifying toss of 172-09. Sophomore Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) placed 15th overall in the event with a throw of 117-09.
Sophomore Jesse Swink (Groton, Conn.), the lone competitor on the men's side, finished ninth overall in the javelin with a toss of 166-00.
The Wildcats open the 2012 campaign on Saturday, March 31st when they take on the University of Maine at the Beckett Track & Field Complex in Orono, Maine.