Women's Track and Field Wins New England Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.), seniors Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine), and junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) each won individual titles as the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team won its first title at the New England Championships on Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University's Jess Dow Field.

The Wildcats totaled 95 points, outlasting Northeastern (92), Southern Connecticut State (81) and Vermont (65).   

"We came together as a team and scored in several events across the board, both on the track and in the field," said assistant coach Robert Hoppler. "Everyone did what they needed to do to get the win, and the sixth, seventh and eighth places finishes pushed us over the top."

One week after capturing her third conference title in the pole vault, Ciambra took first in the event with a cleared height of 4.10m, which also set a new meet record.

Also on day three, Quarles claimed her second triple jump title in as many years with a winning leap of 12.27m.   

Jesseman, who captured the 10,000m title one year ago, took first in the 5,000m on Friday as she crossed the finish line in a time of 17:04.34. Freshman Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) placed sixth at 17:46.26.

The Wildcats were impressive in the 10,000m on day two, led by Maguire who was victorious in a time of 36:41.12, while senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) was not far behind as she finished second at 37:11.27. Sophomore Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) placed seventh in a time of 38:15.03.

In the heptathlon, seniors Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.), and junior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

On day three, senior Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) placed fifth in the finals of the 400m, crossing the finish line in a time of 57.35.

Sophomore Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) finished seventh in the hammer throw on Friday with a toss of 49.96m.

In the long jump, sophomore Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Dugan placed seventh and eighth, respectively, with equal leaps of 5.41m, while Frazier edged out her teammate in the final flight.

Graduate student Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who won the 3,000m steeplechase at last weekend's America East Championships, finished eighth in a time of 10:59.27.

Senior Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) finished eighth in the 800m in a time of 2:12.86.

The Wildcats' 4x800m relay team finished second in a time of 9:03.03. The 4x100m relay team and the 4x400m relay team were both fifth at 48.54 and 3:53.24, respectively.

The Wildcats return to action at the NCAA East Regionals on May 27-28.

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