Track & Field Ready for America East Championships
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire track and field teams will compete in the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships this Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. Events are scheduled to start Monday morning at 10 a.m. with the women's pentathlon.
The men's side finished fourth at the 2012 indoor conference championships and fields a youthful squad this time around. Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) will pace the men's team on the track and was recently named the America East Track Performer of the Week after a victory in the 800 meters at the Rhode Island Invitational last weekend. Greene is coming off four straight individual victories between the 800 meter, 1,000 meter and mile events.
Seniors Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.), George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) and Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) will lead the men's side in the field. Lyle placed second in the weight throw at last year's championships, while Jumpp owns a trio of second-place finishes in the event this season. Guarente won the high jump at the conference championships two years ago and most recently took fifth in the event at the URI Invitational.
The women's side claimed sixth place at last year's conference championships and features a balanced mix of veteran athletes and talented newcomers this season. Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) remains one of the top distance runners in the league after claiming the individual cross country crown in the fall. She took fifth overall in the mile at the Terrier Classic and won the 3,000 meters against Holy Cross.
The junior tandem of Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) should also contribute on the distance side at the championships. Twombly, the reigning America East Track Performer of the Week, topped a field of 27 runners to capture the 800 meters at the URI Invitational. Beattie also picked up a victory at the same meet as she claimed first place in the mile.
Freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) will headline a talented group of rookie sprinters after she broke the school record in the 60-meter dash earlier this season. The Florida native won the event at the Joe Donahue Games in a record-breaking time of 7.68.
Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) is expected to lead UNH in the field after the thrower placed fourth overall in the weight throw at last year's conference championships. Read was named the America East Field Performer of the Week earlier this season following an ECAC-qualifying toss in an individual victory against Maine.
For more information, and live stats, visit the official America East Championship page HERE.