ORONO, Maine – Juniors Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) and Amanda Hutchins (Plymouth, N.H.), sophomore Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and freshman Courtney Prescott (Hollis, N.H.) each recorded first-place finishes, but the University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track and field team opened the season with a 100.5-86.5 dual-meet loss to the University of Maine on Saturday afternoon at the Beckett Family Track Complex.
Lathrop was victorious in the discus throw with a toss of 37.14 meters. Seniors Sarah Crane (Londonderry, N.H.) and Erica Desroches (Stratham, N.H.) placed third and fourth, respectively, with marks of 34.18 and 32.93 meters. Lathrop was also second in the hammer throw with a distance of 47.53 meters, while Desroches finished in third at 43.21 meters. In the shot put, Desroches and Crane placed second and fourth, respectively, with throws of 11.92 and 10.32 meters.
Hutchins won the triple jump with a leap of 10.55 meters, while sophomore Caleigh Moran (Winchester, Mass.) placed second at 10.17 meters.
Dugan grabbed first in the long jump with a mark of 5.17 meters. Sophomore Meghan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) and junior Christina Davis (Beverly, Mass.) placed second and third, respectively, with jumps of 5.15 and 4.86 meters. Dugan was also third in the high jump at 1.47 meters, while freshman Kimberly Allen (Townsend, Mass.) was second with a mark of 1.52 meters.
Prescott finished first in the 400 meters in a time of 59.95 seconds. Junior Tracy Howell (Grafton, Mass.) was right behind in second place at one minute, 0.28 seconds.
Senior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) turned in a pair of second-place finishes on the afternoon. Hall was second in the 100 meters in 12.96 seconds, while junior Kristina Brennan (Lexington, Mass.) and McGrath placed third and fourth, respectively in 13.54 and 13.55 seconds. Hall was also second in the 200 meters in 26.52 seconds, with sophomore Chelsea Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Brennan following in third and fourth, respectively, with marks of 27.51 and 28.22 seconds.
Junior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles. Ryan turned in a time of 15.84 seconds, while Donohue finished in 16.69 seconds. In the 400-meter hurdles, Donohue and Ryan finished second and third, respectively, in times of 1:06.59 and 1:09.76, while freshman Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) was fourth at 1:12.91.
Sophomore Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) placed second in the 1500 meters in 4:43.67.
Megan Ronan finished second in the pole vault as she cleared a height of 2.56 meters.
In the javelin, freshman Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) and junior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) finished second and fifth, respectively, with marks of 39.63 and 28.33 meters.
The Wildcats’ 4x100-meter relay team of Ryan, Hall, Canavan and McGrath finished second in a time of 49.81 seconds, while the 4x400 team of Letourneau, Hutchins, Howell and Prescott was also second in 4:07.25
Sophomore Claire Ciabotti (Cornwall, N.Y.) finished fourth in the 800 meters in a time of 2:21.57, while classmate Katherine Chwasciak (Webster, N.H.) placed fourth in the 5000 meters in 19:40.23.
The Wildcats, who were picked second in the America East preseason coaches’ poll, return to action Saturday, April 4 at 11 a.m. when they host the Wildcat Invitational I at the Reggie F. Atkins Track.