BOSTON- In a five team dual meet held at Boston University on Saturday afternoon, the University of New Hampshire women's track and field team finished with three victories. New Hampshire defeated Maine (66-52), UMass (71-69) and Providence (110-24), but BU sneaked past the Wildcats (63-68) in the 2004-05 season opener.
In the 55 meter dash, sophomore Melissa Murphy (Rockland, Mass.) took second place with a time of 7.69 seconds over runners from both Maine and BU, but could not hold off the top runner from UMass for first place. Following Murphy a few seconds later in fifth place was senior Katrina Louvitakis (Ludlow, Mass.) clocking in with 7.78. Louvitakis also finished seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 27.77, right behind her teammate, freshman Brielle Thomas (Salem, N.H.) who finished in 27.55. Thomas also finished first for the 'Cats in the 400m dash with 1:01.
In the 1 mile run, juniors Chelsea Corr (East Greenbush, N.Y.) and Jennifer Busse (Brookline, N.H.) finished second and third respectively. Corr finished with a time of 5:12 and Busse was only two seconds behind with 5:14. Another race where two Wildcats finished one right after the other was in the 1000m run. Sophomore Nicole Whalen (Warwick, N.Y.; 3:01) finished second and senior Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.; 3:02) finished third.
Other outstanding performances for the 'Cats in the track events were from senior Kaitlin Norberg (Medfield, Mass.) and freshman Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) in the 55m hurdles event. Norberg (8.80) finished in third and Quarles (9.01) in fifth. Quarles was also the top finisher for UNH in the long jump in seventh place with a distance of 16 feet, .08 inches. Then in the 4x400m relay, UNH took first place with a time of 4:01.
As for the field events, senior Jessica Decartes (Randolph, Mass.) recorded the longest distance in the weight throw - 46 feet, 9 inches - and the second longest distance in the shot put (35-10). Also performing well in the shot put was freshman Larissa Smith (Sandown, N.H.), who finished right behind Decartes in third (35-03). And finishing third and fourth in the weight throw were juniors Amanda Cmielewski (Englishtown, N.J.) and Chia-Ling Wu (Merrimack, N.H.). Cmielewski finished with a distance of 46-02 and Wu finished with 45-10. Finishing second in the pole vault event for the 'Cats was junior Lauren Tebbetts (Waterville, Maine) with a height of 10 feet, 5 inches.
The Wildcats return to action Dec. 11 (12 p.m.) when they will match-up against Maine here at UNH.