Women's Track and Field Finishes Third at America East Championships

Graduate student Rita Ciambra

BALTIMORE – Graduate students Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), and senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) each won individual titles as the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team finished third at the America East Championships on Saturday and Sunday at UMBC Stadium.

The Wildcats recorded 118 points to finish behind Albany (174) and Boston University (151), but ahead of Maine (97.50), Vermont (90.50), Binghamton (79), UMBC (75), Stony Brook (58) and Hartford (14).  

On day one, Ciambra claimed her third outdoor title in the pole vault with a cleared height of 4.15m, which also set a new school record as well as an America East Championship record.

Egan, who was a standout Nordic skier for the Wildcats in the winter, claimed first-place in the 3,000m steeplechase in an ECAC-qualifying time of 10:45.41. 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. 

Fitzpatrick won the 10,000m and set a new facility record in the event with an ECAC-qualifying time of 35.39.72. Sophomore Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) placed eighth at 38:55.59.

On Sunday, senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who was also a four-year member of the UNH women's basketball team in the winter, finished second in the heptathlon and set a new school record with an ECAC-qualifying 4713 points. Senior Katelyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and junior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) placed third and fourth, respectively, with 4424 and 4347 points.

The Wildcats were impressive in the hammer throw on day one, 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.

On day two, senior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) claimed a third-place finish in the triple jump with an ECAC-qualifying leap of 12.40m, which also set a new school record.  

Senior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) also set a new school record and placed fourth in the 5,000m with an ECAC-qualifying time of 16:45.52. Junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) placed fifth at 17:19.48.

In the 800m, senior Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) and junior Catherine Perrella (Bedford, N.H.) finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in times of 2:12.18 and 2:14.87.  

Senior Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) placed fifth in the 1,500m in an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:29.17. Sophomore Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and freshman Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in times of 4:41.79 and 4:45.07.

Senior Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) turned in a sixth-place finish in the 400m in a time of 57.31.

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

Freshman Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 37.07m.

The Wildcats' 4x800m relay team of Letourneau, Perrella, James and Egan finished second, crossing the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 8:56.92. The 4x100m relay team of junior Elizabeth Adejuyigbe (Penacook, N.H.), freshman Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), and sophomores Katherine Woods (Essex, Conn.) and Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed sixth in a time of 48.45, while the 4x400m team of Canavan, Kwiecien, Adejuyigbe and Brehm placed sixth at 3:54.45.

The Wildcats return to action on May 12-13 when they compete at the New England Championships at Jess Dow Field in New Haven, Conn.

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