Women’s Track & Field Edged by Holy Cross, 94-87

DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) and Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) both posted championship-qualifying victories, but the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team fell to Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at the Paul Sweet Oval.

The Crusaders finished with 94 points, while the Wildcats totaled 87 points.

Maguire, who raced for the first time since the NCAA Cross Country Championships, returned right back to form with a victory in the 3,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:55.18.

In the field, Read captured the weight throw with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 52-9.25, while senior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) took second at 48-11.75.

Freshmen Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) both qualified for the New England Championships in the 55 meters as the duo went second and third, respectively, in times of 7.23 and 7.24. 

Freshman Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) captured the 400 meters as she crossed the finish line in a time of 1:02.51. The rookie also added a second-place finish in the 200 meters in a time of 26.81.

In the 1,000 meters, senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) finished first with a New England-qualify time of 3:03.34, while junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished third and also qualified for New Englands at 3:05.53.

Sophomore Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) claimed the 55-meter hurdles and qualified for New Englands with a time of 8.61.

Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) qualified for the New England Championships in the 800 meters as she placed second in a time of 2:17.98.

In the mile, Samantha Blaise and freshman Brianna Boden (Keene, N.H.) took first and second, respectively, in times of 5:31.92 and 5:32.67.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Jan. 25 when they take part in the Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center at 4 p.m.

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