May 12, 2012

Women's Track & Field in Second to Open NE Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.), junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) each posted top-5 finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team to a second-place finish after day two of the New England Championships on Friday on the campus of MIT.

With 18 points, the Wildcats are in second place after two days of competition while UMass (22) is in first heading into the final day on Saturday.

Stern was runner-up in the javelin, taking second in the 24-thrower field with a toss of 140-03, while Read finished fourth overall in the hammer throw with a toss of 171-04.

On the track, junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) won the second heat and finished second overall in the preliminaries of the 100 meters, qualifying for the finals in a time of 12.07. Brehm also finished fourth in the preliminaries of the 200 meters, crossing the finish line at 24.97 to move on to Saturday's finals.

Beattie finished fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:36.34, while sophomore Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) was eighth in the 10,000 meters at 38:25.09.

Freshman Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) finished eighth in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles, qualifying for Saturday's finals in a time of 14.79.

After four events of the heptathlon, senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) sits in second place with 2804 points, while senior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) is in sixth with 2552 points.

The Wildcats wrap up the New England Championships on Saturday, May 12.

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