DEDHAM, Mass. - Senior Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and junior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) each won individual titles to lead the University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track & field team at the New England Championships on Friday at Northeastern University's Solomon Track.

Overall team scoring has not been tallied yet and will be announced with the final results upon Saturday's conclusion.

Ciambra, fresh off the America East Championships where she won her second title and set the meet record in the pole vault, captured her first New England outdoor title in that event with a mark of 3.85m.

A year after finishing second in the event, Jesseman won the 10,000m in a time of 35:42.05. Jesseman, who was also second at last weekend's America East Championships, beat the runner-up by more than 1:45.

Senior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), who won her second straight America East title last weekend in the hammer throw, finished third in the event with a toss of 56.53. Lathrop had not finished lower than second in the hammer throw in six meets this season, which included five first-place finishes.

After one day, sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) leads the heptathlon with 2,611 points.

In the long jump, freshman Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) and junior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed sixth and eighth, respectively, with leaps of 5.33m and 5.29m.

Junior Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) finished second in the 400-meter hurdles preliminary in a time of 1:01.20 to advance to Saturday's final.

Senior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles preliminary in a time of 14.98 to move on to Saturday's final.

Freshman Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) qualified for Saturday's 100m final with a seventh-place finish in the preliminary in a time of 12.56.

The Wildcats return to action on the final day of the New England Championships on Saturday, May 8.

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