CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track & field team was picked to finish fourth in the 2012 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.
The Wildcats racked up 40 total points, while Boston University was selected to finish first with five first-place votes and 61 total points to edge out three-time champion University at Albany, which received four first-place votes and 60 points. UMBC earned the third spot with 42 points, while Vermont (37), Binghamton (30), Maine (26), Stony Brook (19) and Hartford (9) round out the nine-team field.
UNH turned-in a strong third-place finish at last year's outdoor conference championships, including a first-place standing after day one, and will look to build off that showing this spring. The Wildcats boast a trio of the conference's top distance runners in junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass./Triton), senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) and graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia/Berkshire Prep). Fitzpatrick won the 10,000-meter run in 2011 while Maguire and Letourneau finished fifth in the 5,000 and 1,500 meter runs, respectively. The Wildcats will also count on junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.), who is the defending silver medalist in the hammer throw and enjoyed an impressive indoor campaign.
The Wildcats open the 2012 campaign on Saturday, March 31st when they take on the University of Maine at the Beckett Track & Field Complex in Orono, Maine.
2012 AE Preseason Poll