Women's track & field sixth after day one of AE championship

BOSTON – Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) posted a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters to lead the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team to a sixth-place finish after day one of the America East Championships on Monday at the Reggie Lewis Center. 

With 28 points, the Wildcats trail Binghamton (50.5), Vermont (40), Albany (35), Maine (33.5) and UMBC (29), but lead Stony Brook (14) and Hartford (4).

Beattie, fresh off a victory in the mile at the URI Invite last weekend, claimed second overall in the 5,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:15.62. Senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) added a seventh-place finish in the event at 17:36.25.

Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) placed fourth overall in the weight throw with a toss of 49-06.50, while fellow senior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) was right behind in fifth place with a throw of 48-11.00. Junior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) placed eighth overall in the event at 45-07.00.

The Wildcats' distance medley relay team of senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), sophomore Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) and junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished fourth in a time of 12:09.37.

Senior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) claimed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 17-08.00.

Junior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) placed eighth in the pentathlon as she finished with a total of 2,885 points.

Sophomore Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed fifth in preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles and qualified for Tuesday's finals with a time of 8.99.

Freshmen Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 60-meter dash preliminaries and both qualified for Tuesday's finals with times of 7.85 and 7.89.

In the 200-meter preliminaries, freshman Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) placed eighth and advanced to the finals with a time of 25.65. Perrodin placed 10th in event and also reached the finals at 26.03.

The Wildcats return to action Tuesday for the final day of the America East Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center.

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