April 17, 2012

Track & Field's Letourneau Named AE Track Performer of the Week

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a strong performance over the weekend, graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) of the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team was named the America East Track Performer of the Week, announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

Letourneau ran to a first-place finish in a field of 24 in the 800 meters at the Wildcat Invitational. She crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:10.68, marking the second-fastest time in school history. Letourneau's time also ranks first by more than three seconds in the conference this season.

The Nova Scotia native is coming off an impressive indoor campaign as she placed second in the mile at the America East Championships and also set a pair of school records in both the 1,000 meters (2:48.16) and the mile (4:42.47). Letourneau kicked off the outdoor season with a 17th-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays.

This marks the fourth weekly conference award for a member of the UNH women's outdoor track & field team this season. Senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) also captured track performer of the week accolades, while senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) and junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) earned field performer of the week awards.

The Wildcats return to action April 18-19 at the Holy Cross Heptathlon before taking part in the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 20-21 on the campus of Princeton University.

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