May 7, 2011

Women's Track and Field First After Day One of America East Championships

BALTIMORE – Graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) each won individual titles to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track and field team to a first-place finish after day one of the America East Championships Saturday at UMBC Stadium.

The Wildcats racked up 55 points to finish ahead of Albany (54), Boston University (43), Binghamton (42), Vermont (36.50), Maine (35.50), Hartford (5) and Stony Brook (2).

Ciambra claimed her third outdoor title in the pole vault, winning with a cleared height of 4.15m.

Fitzpatrick won the 10,000m with an ECAC-qualifying time of 35.39.72. Sophomore Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) placed eighth in 38:55.59.

The Wildcats were impressive in the hammer throw, led by sophomore Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) who placed second with a toss of 50.25m. Sophomore Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) and juniors Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) and Danielle Murkidjanian (Burlington, Mass.) finished fifth through seventh, respectively, with tosses of 45.91m, 43.54m and 41.95m.

Seniors Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Meghan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump with leaps of 5.59m and 5.47m.

On the track, senior Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) placed first in the preliminaries of the 1500m in a time of 4:32.38. Sophomore Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and freshman Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished eighth and 12th, respectively, in times of 4:39.76 and 4:47.14.

In the 800m preliminaries, junior Catherine Perrella (Bedford, N.H.) and senior Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, at 2:15.56 and 2:15.72.

Senior Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) qualified for the finals of the 400m with a fourth-place finish in the preliminaries, crossing the finish line in a time of 57.52.

In the 3000m steeplechase, senior Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and sophomore Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in times of 11:20.57 and 11:29.85.  

After four events of the heptathlon, senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) is in third with 2884 points.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, May 8 for the second and final day of the America East Championships at UMBC.  

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