DEDHAM, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women's track team had their best-ever team finish at the New England Championships held this past weekend on Northeastern's Solomon Track. The Wildcats placed fourth out of 32 competing teams, racking up 67 points. The University of Connecticut was first with 134 points. Northeastern was second with 95.5, with Wheaton (Mass.) in third with 80 points.
A pair of Wildcats set UNH school records in the event. Amy DeCamp (Londonderry, N.H.) bested her own 1500-meter record, running a time of 4:26.02 to place first. DeCamp's previous mark was 4:26.48, set last weekend at the America East Championship. Lesley Read (Dover, N.H.) shattered her school steeplechase record, running the 3000-meter course in 10:57.93 for second in the event. Read's previous best was set two weeks ago at the Drake Relays, where she ran the event in 11:16.24. Both DeCamp's and Read's efforts qualified them for the upcoming ECAC Championship.
UNH qualified for the ECAC's, to be held this upcoming weekend (May 17-19) at Princeton, in four other events. Katie Litwinowich (Holden, Mass.) was first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:11.44. Alicia Anderson (Orleans, Mass.) placed third in the high jump with a 5-foot, seven-inch jump. The 4x800 relay team of Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.), Taryn Kenney (North Attleboro, Mass.), Michelle Zitta (East Swanzey, N.H.) and Liz Stokinger (Hampstead, N.H.) qualified and finished fourth with a 9:15.10 effort, while Caitlin Hayes (Keene, N.H.) had a qualifying time in the 5000 of 17:29.35 to finish sixth overall.
Stephanie Ouimette (Manchester, N.H.) was also victorious for New Hampshire, taking top honors in the 10,000-meter run with a 38:31.47 time. Teammate Regan Casey (Babylon, N.Y.) was third in that same event with a 38:51.01 effort.