DURHAM, N.H. – Junior harrier Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field team recently received in at-large to the NCAA National Championship in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Nationals take place June 7-8 at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California.

Parker won and set a new America East steeplechase record on May 5 in an impressive time of 10:13.69, which is also a UNH record. The time places Parker as the 16th seed out of a possible 27 runners.  She is one of two New England runners competing for a national championship. The other is University of Connecticut’s Jillian Sullivan, who is ironically seeded 15th overall.

Parker’s most recent success came at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Florida on May 26. She cruised to a seventh place showing in a time of 10:15.18.

For a second time during the academic school year, Parker has found her way into the national spotlight. She accomplished the same journey to the national championships during the cross country season as the individual winner of the America East Conference Championships. Parker then followed with a fourth place finish at the Northeast Regionals before delivering a 111th place effort at nationals.

The top-12 finishers receive All-American accolades. Parker’s race is set to start on Wednesday (June 7) at 11:25 p.m. eastern time. For more information on Parker and the UNH Wildcats, please visit
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