BOSTON– Juniors Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and Kelly Thomas (Chicester, N.H.) each won events to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team to a third-place finish at the 32-team New England Championships on Friday and Saturday at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
The Wildcats finished with 44 points and trailed only the University of Connecticut (186.50) and Northeastern University (61).
Ciambra won her second straight New England indoor title in the pole vault by clearing a height of 12 feet, six inches.
Thomas captured a title in the pentathlon with a point total of 3,256.
Sophomore Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) turned in a pair of top-10 finishes as she finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 39-3 and placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 17-7.
Junior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) placed fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 54-11.50.
The Wildcats finished second in the distance medley, with the team of freshman Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) and sophomores Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.), Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) turning in a time of 11 minutes, 56.73 seconds.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the Wildcats’ team of sophomores Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.), Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.), Perella and Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) placed sixth in the 20-team field in a time of 3:54.82. The 4x800 team of Letourneau, sophomores Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and Emily Nardone (Stoneham, Mass.) and Maguire finished seventh in the 21-team field in 9:32.42.
Junior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) placed 12th in the semifinals of the 55 meters in 7.46 seconds.
Classmate Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) finished 15th in the semis of the 55 meter hurdles in 8.78 seconds.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 7 at the ECAC Championships at Northeastern's Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The meet concludes Sunday, March 8.