, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track & field team won 12 events to kick off its season at Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational I at Reggie F. Atkins Track.

Junior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) placed first in the 200-meters, finishing in a time of 25.53 seconds. Freshmen Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) and Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) finished third and fifth, respectively, in times of 26.51 and 26.91 seconds. Hall also finished second in the 100-meters in 12.22 seconds. Canavan was sixth in 12.73 seconds. Kwiecien also placed fourth in the 400-meters in a time of one minute, 23 seconds.

Senior Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) ran to a first-place finish in the 1,500-meters, crossing the finish line at 4:45.01. Freshman Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) was fifth in 4:48.04.

Senior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) grabbed a victory in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.61 seconds. Senior Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.), freshman Kathryn Early (Corning, N.Y.) and sophomore Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in times of 15.89, 15.94 and 16.70 seconds. Roccio also placed first in the high jump with a leap of 1.67 meters, while Early was right behind in second place at 1.62 meters.

Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) picked up where she left off the indoor season, winning the pole vault by clearing a distance of 3.85 meters, which set a new school record and qualified her for the NCAA East Regional, which will take place May 30-31 at Florida State University. Lauren Tebbetts set the old record of 3.60 meters in 2004.

Freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) won the triple jump, setting a school record and qualifying for the ECAC championships with a leap of 12.03 meters. Quarles broke Whittly Jourdan’s 2001 record of 11.37 meters. Sophomore Esperance NDombe (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Jasmin Washington (Waltham, Mass.) finished third and fourth, respectively, with distances of 10.75 and 10.73 meters.

Sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) placed first in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.18 meters. Senior Brienna Smith (Sandown, N.H.) and junior Sarah Crane (Londonderry, N.H.) placed second and fourth, respectively, with distances of 43.62 and 41.92 meters. Lathrop also finished second in the discus with a throw of 36.84 meters, while Smith was fifth at 33.77 meters.

Junior Kara Fisher (New Milford, Conn.) ran to victory in the 800-meters, finishing in 2:18.96. Jesseman placed sixth in 2:26.33.

Freshman Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) placed first in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:05.74. Sophomore Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) was fifth in 1:08.58.

Freshman Mackenzie Ferreira (Westerly, R.I.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:45.33.

Freshman Megan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) placed first in the long jump with a leap of 5.37 meters, and was one of four Wildcats to place in the top five. Ciambra was second at 5.32 meters, while sophomore Caleigh Moran (Winchester, Mass.) and freshman Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) were fourth and fifth, respectively, with distances of 5.25 and 5.17 meters.

The Wildcats won the 4x100-meter relay when their ‘A’ team finished first in a time of 49.37 seconds.

Senior Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) placed second in the javelin with a throw of 36.70 meters.

Sophomore Laura LaPlante (Hancock, N.H.) finished second in the 5,000-meters in 18:00.07.          

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at the Wildcat Invitational II at Reggie F. Atkins Track.

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