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– Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field team, kept her season rolling with a top-five performance at the NCAA East Regional at Florida State University’s Mike Long Track on May 30-31.

Ciambra was one of five Wildcats – the lone woman of the group – to participate at the regional, and was the only one to advance to the NCAA national championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa on June 11-14. The top-five finishers at the four regionals qualify for the national championships.

Ciambra placed fifth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 3.96 meters, smashing the school record of 3.85 meters that she set April 5 at the Wildcat Invitational I and again most recently at the ECAC championships May 18. Ciambra is the first UNH woman to advance to the national championships since senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) did so in both 2006 and 2007.

On the men’s side, freshman Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) finished 15th in the shot put with a toss of 17.04 meters.

Junior Matt O’Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) ran to a 16th-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of nine minutes, 14.38 seconds.

Freshman Michael Simon (Bethel, Conn.) finished 23rd in the javelin with a throw of 58.15 meters,

Junior Bobby Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) placed 23rd in the preliminaries of the 800-meters, finishing in a time of 1:50.97.

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