Women’s Track & Field Competes at Joe Donahue Indoor Games, Terrier Classic; Fitzpatrick Sets School Record
BOSTON – Senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) set a school record in the 5,000 meters to lead an impressive group of Wildcats at the Boston University Terrier Invite, while several other members of the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team also raced to an 11th-place finish at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center, both held Friday afternoon.
The Wildcats racked up 20.5 points at the Indoor Games, while Brown University captured the meet with 118.33 points.
Fitzpatrick finished fourth overall in the 5k at the Terrier Classic, crossing the finish line in a school-record time of 16:17.62, breaking Erica Jesseman's previous record of 16:24 from last season. The record-breaking run also qualified her for the ECAC Championships.
Also at the Terrier Classic, graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) turned in a ninth-place finish in the 3k, which marks the second fastest time in school history, while junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) finished 11th overall in a time of 9:36.35 for the third fastest time in the history of the program, both ECAC-qualifying times.
The throwing tandem of junior Rosemary Read (Greenwich, R.I.) and senior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) competed in the weight throw at both the Indoor Games and the Terrier Invite, while Read made the finals at both meets. At the Terrier Invite, Read placed ninth with a throw of 52-5.50, while Pothier took 13th at 50-3.50. At the Indoor Games, Read and Pothier finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with tosses of 50-10.25 and 50-8.25.
"In my 20 years of coaching, I have never seen that happen," said assistant coach Robert Hoppler, about the duo throwing in two meets on the same day. "It's just a testament to their mental and physical ability."
Back at the Indoor Games, junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) placed seventh overall in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:01.39.
Freshman Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) finished sixth overall in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.60, one of three strong rookie performances on the day as fellow freshman Chelsey Serrano (Raymond, N.H.) ran to an eighth-place finish in the mile, crossing the finish line in a time of 5:13.26.
In the field, New Hampshire posted a strong showing in the high jump, as freshman Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) tied for fourth with a cleared height of 5-4.25, and senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) finished sixth at the same height.
Senior Danica Goodheart (Meredith, N.H.) picked up a seventh-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 36-07.00.
"We had a great meet," said Hoppler. "This is a testament to how they have all be training and performing as a group."
The Wildcats return to action on Feb. 4 when they compete at the Dartmouth Indoor Classic at 12 p.m.