Women's Track & Field Claims Wildcat Invitational Title

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team topped the competition at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday, recording 271.50 points. 

The Wildcats finished ahead of Maine (156 points), Bowdoin (115.50), Bentley (58), Fitchburg State (55), Babson (37), and Colby-Sawyer (19).

Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) opened up the meet with a first-place finish in the first event, the 100M dash. Helander broke the tape with a time of 12.54, just edging out fellow Wildcat Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.), who clocked in at 12.55.

Helander took gold in the next event, the 200M dash, for her second consecutive victory. She crossed the line to a time of 25.28. Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) claimed the 1,500M run title, crossing the line at 4:34.45.

Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was victorious in the 3,000M run. She broke the tape at 10:03.45. Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) claimed victory in the 3,000M steeplechase. She finished the event with a time of 11:18.93.

Perrodin, Helander, Sydney Kay (Fairfield, Conn.) and Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) combined for a first place finish in the 4x100 relay. The quartet clocked in at 48.69.

Abigail Huntress (Saco, Maine) took gold in the shot put, throwing to a distance of 11.77 meters. Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) won the discus throw. She hit a mark of 39.33 meters.

Andrea Turteltaub (Mansfield, Mass.) claimed first place in the javelin throw after hitting a distance of 36.67 meters. 

The Wildcats return to action for the Holy Cross Hecathlon, a two-day event. The event starts on Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m.

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