Wildcat women's track and field places third at America East Championships

VESTAL, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team placed third with 113 points at the America East conference championship on Saturday and Sunday at the Binghamton Track Stadium on the University of Binghamton campus.

Northeastern University took home the championship with 192 points, while Boston University with 124.50 points finished in the second spot. UNH was followed by Binghamton (95.50), Albany (83), Maine (76), Maryland-Baltimore County (72), Vermont (60), Stony Brook (25) and Hartford (12).

In the 4x800 meter relay, the Wildcats placed first with the quartet of junior Chelsea Corr (East Greenbush, N.Y.), freshman Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.), Meisner and sophomore Nicole Whalen (Warwick, N.Y.) in 9 minutes and 13.51 seconds.

Senior Jessica Descartes (Randolph, Mass.) had a solid showing in the field events with a first place finish in the hammer throw at 48.60 meters and a third place finish in the discus throw at 37.43 meters.

In the 800 meter run, senior Kristen Meisner (Nashua, N.H.) finished in third place with a time 2:14.10. Senior Megan Hepp (Milton, Vt.) also placed third in the 5000 meter run, finishing the race at 17:29.93.

Junior Jennifer Busse (Hollis, Vt.) had a strong performance at the championship, finishing second in the 10,000 meter run coming in at 38:06.51. Senior Mary Garrity (Manchester, N.H.) finished right behind Busse in third place in the event with a time of 38:24.14.

The Wildcat women's track and field team returns to action hosting the New England outdoor track Championships on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at the Reginald F. Atkins Track and Field facility in Durham. Tickets for the championships are $5 for adults and $2 for children, senior citizens and UNH students with a valid university ID.

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