January 31, 2014

UNH Track and Field To Compete at URI Coaches Invitational

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams return to action Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. when they travel to Kingston, R.I. for the URI Coaches Tribute Meet at Mackal Field House.

The women's team enters Saturday's meet after competing at the Joe Donahue Invitational last weekend. Freshman distance runner Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) and multi-events athlete Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) each recorded a first place finish for the Wildcats in the non-scoring event. Purrier claimed the top spot in the one-mile event, clocking in at 4-minutes and 48.45-seconds, while Lavallee took first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.95 seconds.

Juniors John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) swept the one-mile race to lead the men's squad last weekend at the Joe Donahue Invitational. Prizzi placed first with a time of 4-minutes and 13.89 seconds and Moretti followed close-by with a 4:14.74 time to take second. Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H) also earned a top finish for the Wildcats, finishing second in the weight throw with a measurement of 16.71 meters.

Jumpp, who placed in five events during the 2012-13 indoor campaign, looks to lead the Wildcats into Saturday's meet at Rhode Island. The senior opened the season with a second place finish in the weight throw (16.78-meters) against Maine, placed third in the weight throw (16.28-meters) at Northeastern University's Jay Carisella Carnival, and placed fourth in the weight throw against Holy Cross (15.23), before taking second at the Joe Donahue Invitational last weekend.

Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) will compete in his second meet of the indoor season for the Wildcats. After missing the first three competitions of the season, Penn notched a second-place finish in the 400-meter race for UNH last weekend, timing in at 49.74 seconds.

Sophomore Bryan Morris (Rumson, N.J.) projects to place in the pole vault for UNH on Saturday. So far this season, Morris has placed two times for the Wildcats. Morris opened the season with third (13-11.75) in the pole vault against Maine before most recently taking the second spot (14-05.25) against Holy Cross.

On the women's side, Purrier will look to lead the Wildcat on Saturday. This season Purrier has earned three top-two finishes. She opened the season by notching first in the 1000-meter race (2:50.62) and earning a victory with the 4x400 relay squad in 4:05.37 during the UNH-Holy Cross dual-meet. She followed that performance with her victory in the one-mile race last weekend.

Lavallee will also play a big part for the Wildcats at URI. So far during the indoor season, Lavallee has placed in seven events for UNH. The junior multi-events athlete opened the year with victories in the pentathlon (3201 points) and the 55-meter hurdles (8.32 seconds) at the UNH-Maine dual meet. Lavallee followed with a seventh place standing in the 60-meter hurdles at the Jay Carisella Invitational, before taking second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.09 seconds) and fifth in the high jump (1.50 meters) at the UNH-Holy Cross dual-meet. Last weekend the junior earned a victory in the 60-meter hurdles (8.95 seconds) and took fifth in the high jump (1.55 meters).

Senior captain Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) is also projected to score well for UNH this weekend. Bonsaint has already posted four top-four finishes for the Wildcats during the indoor season. The senior opened the year with a fourth place finish in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.94 seconds. Bonsaint followed with the fourth spot in the long jump at the Jay Carisella Invitational (5.12 meters), before taking third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.80 seconds) and first in the long jump (4.92 meters) at the UNH-Holy Cross dual-meet. The senior captain was honored as America East Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts against Holy Cross.

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