Women’s Track Sits Fourth After Day One of America East Championships

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team sit third after day one of the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y.

The Wildcats posted two school record times on the evening on the way to 33 total team points after the first day of competition.

The distance medley relay squad of Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.), Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.), and Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) got it started for the Wildcats, posting a school-record mark of 11-minutes and 31.55-seconds to open the meet for UNH. The time breaks the old school record mark of 11:36.04 that UNH posted last year.

Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) notched the other school record when she turned in a 7.56-second mark in the 60-meter dash preliminary race. With the time, Perrodin qualified in for the 60-meter dash finals tomorrow. Perrodin also qualified for the 200-meter dash finals after posting a 25.32 time in the prelims.

Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) followed with a second-place finish in the weight throw event for UNH. Liset notched a personal-best measurement of 15.86-meters, besting her previous mark of 15.43 meters, to take home second.

Three Wildcats placed in the top-eight of the 5,000-meter race. Senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) took second in 17:11.09, classmate Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) placed seventh (17:41.41), and sophomore Amber Short (Keene, N.H.) notched eighth (17:43.85).

Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) earned preliminary qualification for the 60-meter hurdles tomorrow. Lavallee posted a personal-best time of 8.87 seconds to qualify with the fourth-best time. Lavallee also earned herself a seventh place finish in the pentathlon for UNH. The UNH junior finished with 3,307 points over the five events to take seventh.

Seniors Bryn Estes (Lebanon, N.H.) and Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) posted the final two top-eight finishes for the Wildcats on day one. Estes claimed eighth in the pole vault with a measurement of 3.00-meters, while Bonsaint earned eighth in the long jump with a mark of 5.23-meters.

The Wildcats continue competition in the America East Indoor Championships on Monday afternoon at 11:00 a.m. For the latest news and information on the women's track and field team, tune in to www.unhwildcats.com

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