ORONO, Maine
– Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) won an individual conference championship to lead a total team effort as the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field team placed second at the America East championships at the Beckett Track and Field Complex on May 3-4.
With 119.50 points, the Wildcats finished behind Boston University (193), but ahead of the University at Albany (116.50), the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (96), the University of Maine (84.50), Binghamton University (80.50), the University of Vermont (65), Stony Brook University (60) and the University of Hartford (41).
Ciambra took home a conference championship in the pole vault to go along with her indoor conference championship in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.65 meters.
Although that was the only individual championship the ‘Cats would win, it was a total team effort that placed them second as they scored points in all 22 events for the first time ever at the America East championships. The men’s team also finished second, marking the second year in a row that both teams have placed second at the outdoor conference championships. Combined, the two teams scored points in an unbelievable 41-of-44 events.
The top-two events for the Wildcats were the heptathlon, with four athletes scoring, and the 10,000-meters, with three athletes scoring.
In the heptathlon, sophomore Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.), senior Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass.) and freshman Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) placed second, third and fourth, respectively, while senior Kathleen Hoppe (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished eighth. Senior Colleen Lally (Winthrop, Mass.) was 13th but did not garner any points. Thomas finished with 4,047 points, 21 behind the winner, while Roccio tallied 4,043 points, Dugan compiled 3,915 points, Hoppe recorded 3,620 points and Lally posted 3,331 points. Thomas finished first in the 800-meters in two minutes, 25.65 seconds, and second in the 200-meters in 27.18 seconds. Roccio was first in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.82 seconds, first in the long jump with a leap of 5.14 meters, and second in the high jump at 1.59 meters.

Sophomore Latricia Rozeboom (South Haven, Mich.) led the way for the ‘Cats in the 10,000-meters, placing third in an ECAC championship-qualifying time of 36:36.92. Sophomores Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) and Laura LaPlante (Hancock, N.H.) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in ECAC championship-qualifying times of 36:55.58 and 37:13.81.
Senior Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished the 100-meter hurdles in an ECAC championship-qualifying time of 14.17 seconds, placing her second overall.
Freshman Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in an ECAC championship-qualifying time of 1:01.84.
Senior Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) finished third in the javelin with a throw of 37.39 meters.
In the hammer throw, sophomore Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) and senior Brienna Smith (Sandown, N.H.) placed third and fourth, respectively, after tosses of 47.34 and 46.06 meters.

Junior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) posted a pair of top-five finishes, placing fourth in the 200-meters in 25.10 seconds and fifth in the 100-meters in 12.27 seconds.
Freshman Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) finished fourth in the 400-meters in 58.03 seconds.
Freshman Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) was also fourth, finishing the 5,000-meters in an ECAC championship-qualifying time of 17:23.80 seconds.
Freshman Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.78 meters.
Freshman Meghan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.47 meters.

The Wildcats’ 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.), Hall, freshman Chelsea Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Donohue finished third in 3:54.44. The 4x800-meter relay team of junior Kara Fisher (New Milford, Conn.), freshman Lindsey Jeltes (Oakland, N.J.), junior Kristen Kwiecien (Derry, N.H.) and freshman Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.) placed fourth in a time of 9:25.58. The 4x100-meter relay team made up of Kiah Quarles, Hall, Canavan and Donohue was fifth in 48.56 seconds.

The Wildcats return to action May 9-10 when they host the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Reggie F. Atkins Track.
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