The University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team gears up for the 2006-07 season as they open the season at the Reggie Lewis Center on December 2 to compete at the annual Husky Invitational.
    UNH returns a wealth of veterans and All-America East performers while adding 33 freshmen to this season’s squad under the guidance of head coach Casey Carroll.
    The Wildcats finished fourth at last season’s America East Championships with 84.5 points, trailing only Boston University, the University at Albany and the University of Maine. The BU Terriers were selected to repeat as champions for the 2006-07 campaign as announced by the America East Preseason Poll. UNH also registered a strong showing at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships with a 7th place effort.
    The Wildcats have plenty of depth in each event. Junior harrier Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) should contribute major points in the distance events as she is coming off one of the most successful cross country seasons ever recorded by a UNH runner. Parker placed 111th overall at the NCAA Championships, beating out half the field. Parker was third in the mile at the New England Championships with a time of four minutes, 57 seconds and also led the ‘Cats 4x800 relay team to a championship. Seniors Emily Mareb (Great Barrington, Mass.), Ashley Vance (Manchester, N.H.), Nicole Whalen (Warwick, N.Y.) with sophomores Kim Povec (Holland-Patent, N.Y.) along with freshmen Tricia Rozeboom (South Haven, Mich.) and Ting Chin (Hong Kong, China) all expect to provide points on a weekly basis in the long distance events.
    In the jumping events, junior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished nine in the long jump, while placing sixth in the 55-meter hurdles at the New England Championships. Quarles, who broke the UNH long jump record (18’6. 75”) placed second at the America East Championships. Junior Kathleen Hoppe (Hopkinton, Mass.) also a hurdler, finished 8th in the 55-meter hurdles at New England’s and was 7th overall in the pentathlon at the America East Championships. Junior Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) should contribute major points in the high jump.
    Senior Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.) highlights a crop of talented weight throwers as she enters the season as UNH’s all-time record holder in the weight throw with a mark of 52”2.75”. Moore was first in the weight throw and third in the shot put at conference championships. Sophomore Erica Desroches (Exeter, N.H.) notched a third place showing in the shot put at the conference championship. Sisters Brienna Smith (Sandown, N.H.) and Larissa Smith (Sandown, N.H.) will provide depth in the throwing events.
    Sophomore Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) shows promise in the sprinting events along with freshman Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.) and sophomores Jenna Bessolo (Groton, Mass.) and Lindsay Preston (Silver Lake, N.H.).
    UNH opens the season on December 2 at the Reggie Lewis Center with a 3:00 p.m. start on the campus of Northeastern University.
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