NEW BRITAIN, Conn.  – A tightly-packed group of seven University of New Hampshire women’s cross country runners, led by Lindsey Jeltes (Oakland, N.J.) in 12th place overall, amassed 90 points to place third in the 14-team Ted Owens Cross Country Meet that was hosted by Central Connecticut State University at Stanley Quarter Park.

UNH placed behind Quinnipiac University (47 points) and the University of Connecticut (77). Boston University (100) and Sacred Heart University (124) rounded out the top five schools.

“We tried to run as a pack, and that’s why we were able to be successful today,” UNH head coach Robert Hoppler said. “Our goal was to finish in the top five, so I’m very pleased with third. These kids today did a great job, and they are the future of our program.”

Jeltes, a freshman, finished the 5k course in 18 minutes, 31 seconds. The rest of her six teammates crossed the finish line within the next 29 seconds. Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.), a sophomore, was the next Wildcat to finish as she placed 17th overall in 18:40.

Mackenzie Ferreira (Westerly, R.I.) and Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) – two more freshmen – finished in 19th place (18:42) and 20th (18:46), respectively. Senior captain Rebecca Haley (Dover, N.H.) completed the team scoring in 22nd place with a time of 18:49.

Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.), yet another freshman, was timed in 18:53 to finish in 24th and sophomore Emily Osgood (Wellsboro, Pa.) followed in 26th at 19:00.

UNH returns to action Sept. 21 at the University of Maine. Start time is 2 p.m.
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