January 21, 2012

Women’s Track & Field Takes Second at Quad-Meet; Letourneau Sets School Record

DURHAM, N.H. – Graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) set a school record in 1000 meters and four Wildcats finished with ECAC-qualifying times as the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team finished second at Saturday's home quad meet at the Paul Sweet Oval.

The Wildcats finished with 169.5 points, finishing just behind the College of the Holy Cross (172.5), but ahead of Stonehill College (112) and Worcester State (108).

"The veterans performed well today and we're happy with the freshmen and how they competed," said head coach Casey Carroll. "That may have been the best freshman day we've seen in a while."

Letourneau led the way for the veteran group of ECAC-qualifiers as she won the 1000 meters in a time of 2:48.16, breaking both the indoor school record and the facility record. The previous school record was held by Katie Litwenowich, who set the mark in 2002 with a time of 2:48.82.

Also on the track, junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) topped a field of 11 to win the mile run, crossing the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:53.13.

Additionally, Letourneau and Maguire teamed up with junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) and senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) to win the 4x800 meter relay. The group finished in an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:17.83.

Fitzpatrick added an individual first-place finish to her day as she captured the 800-meter run with a winning time of 2:17.79.

In the field, junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) took first-place in the weight throw with a toss of 16.34 meters, while senior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) finished runner-up in the event with a throw of 16.16 meters, both qualifying for ECACs in the process

Freshman Marina Slavin (Durham, N.H.) turned in a strong performance in her first home indoor meet as a Wildcat, finishing first in the 3000 meters with a time of 9:54.05, one of two rookie wins on the day.

New Hampshire swept the top three spots in the high jump, paced by freshman Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.), who won the event with a leap of 1.68 meters. Senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) claimed second place with a jump of 1.60 meters, followed by freshman Emily Hutchinson (Newton, Mass.) at 1.55 meters.

Fellow freshman Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) finished second overall in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.54.

Junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) sprinted to a third-place finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.38, while sophomore Bryn Estes (Lebanon, N.Y.) finished third overall in the pole vault with a cleared height of 2.75 meters.

"We're excited to run so well today, especially the middle distance group, and we're looking forward to progressing as the season continues," said assistant coach Robert Hoppler.

The Wildcats, coming off their first meet since the break, return to action on Friday, Jan. 27 when the take part in the Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center at 4 p.m. UNH will also send several competitors to the Terrier Invitational on Jan. 27 at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.

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