After a very noteworthy indoor season, the University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track and field team extended its success into the spring. Much of this success was due to being able to train on our brand new, state-of-the-art, Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility. This season illustrated just how much of a difference a new facility can make.
New Hampshire finished 2nd of three teams at the Dartmouth Invitational on March 30th versus Dartmouth and Vermont. April 6th marked New Hampshire's first home outdoor meet on the new track facility. The women's team rose to the occasion by winning a four-way meet with Maine, Vermont, and Quinnipiac.
From there, the team went on to finish with an 8-2 regular season record with a win over Maine on April 13 (at Maine), a win over Boston University on April 20 at home and a second place finish at the 1st Annual Wildcat Invitational (Harvard-180.5, UNH-167, UMass-160, Maine-82.5) that was held April 27.
In the post-season, the Wildcats competed in their best post-season campaign ever. This spring, the America East Championship was held in Durham and New Hampshire responded to the home advantage by finishing a close 2nd to Northeastern. Final scores were: Northeastern-137, New Hampshire-132.5, Maine-130, Binghamton-114, Boston University-108, Vermont-93, Albany-81.5 and Stony Brook-20.
The following week at the New England Championship, New Hampshire finished a strong fourth out of 32 schools. At the ECAC Championship, UNH finished 33rd (tied Northeastern) to cap off the season.
Many individuals shined during the spring season that resulted in five conference champions, three New England champions and three new school records. Amy DeCamp had a stellar season as the America East conference and New England Champion in the 1500 meters. Katie Litwinowich successfully defended her New England indoor title in the 800m by also winning the outdoor 800m.
Allison March confirmed why she was UNH's top cross country runner last fall by winning the America East championship in the 5000m. Lesley Read established herself as the conference's top 3000m steeplechaser by winning the America East championship. Stephanie Ouimette started off her first year of collegiate competition quite remarkably by winning the New England championship in the 10000m. The 4x800m relay team of DeCamp, Litwinowich, Kristen Meisner and Taryn Kenney enjoyed much success by winning the America East championship. Alicia Anderson was a consistent 5' 07" high jumper and used that ability to be a repeat America East conference high jump champion.
Needless to say, UNH is very proud of all its top finishers. However, the team success would have never happened without the support of numerous top five finishes by other talented athletes. The America East runner-up finish was bolstered by great performances by Caitlin Hayes (2nd-10000m), Jessica Novak (3rd-5000m), Jennifer Dale (5th-5000m), Ouimette (4th-10000m), Litwinowich (4th-1500m), Shanna Mailloux (4th-pole vault) and the 4x400m relay team (3rd).
New Hampshire had a strong supporting cast at the New England Championship with Regan Casey (3rd-10000m), Lesley Read (2nd-3000m steeplechase), Alicia Anderson (3rd-High Jump), Meisner (5th-800m), the 4x800m relay team (4th) and the 4x400m relay team (5th).
The ECAC Championship squad completed a fabulous season by all-ECAC finishes by Alicia Anderson (5th-High Jump) and the 4x800m relay team (6th).