March 18, 2011

Women's Track & Field Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team was selected to finished fourth at the 2011 America East Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship according to a vote by the conference's head coaches.

New Hampshire notched 47 points in the poll, while the University at Albany was selected as the preseason favorite to win the event as it received all eight first-place votes and tallied 64 points.

Boston University grabbed the remaining first-place vote, totaling 51 points to earn second place, just ahead of the University of Maine, which took third-place in the poll with 50 points. The University of Vermont took the fifth slot with 29 points, followed by UMBC in sixth (26 points), Stony Brook University in seventh (25 points) and Binghamton University in eighth (24 points). The University of Hartford rounded out the field in ninth place with eight points.

New Hampshire finished in third place at last year's championship, but heads into the outdoor season led by a group of experienced field performers. Graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) paves the way for UNH after becoming last year's pole vault champion and winning the same event at the 2011 indoor championship. Additionally, the 'Cats return senior triple jumper Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and senior heptathlete Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.), who both finished second in their respective events.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, April 2 (11 a.m.) when they take on the University of Maine at the Beckett Track & Field Complex.
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