Track & Field: Women's team wins first outdoor meet

By Max Sullivan
On April 11, 2014

Though the UNH men's outdoor track team placed third last Saturday, behind Maine and Northeastern, the women took first place with a total of 259.50 points in the Wildcats' first meet of the season at Reggie F. Atkins Track in Durham. The team beat Northeastern, Maine and Holy Cross.

Head of the track department and head men's coach Jim Boulanger was glad to be back outside and getting his athletes out of "hibernation" mode.

"It's kind of a 'get warm, get the rust off [after] the indoor season,'" Boulanger said. "Battle the elements. We had rain, it got cold, you have the wind, different than indoors when ... it's always 70 degrees."

Lauren Perrodin helped secure first place by opening the day with two wins, taking first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.19 seconds and then in the 200 meter, finishing with a time of 26.10 seconds.

Perrodin, only a sophomore, shows great potential for growth. She is an indoor school record holder in the 60-meter dash and placed second in the event at the 2014 indoor track conference championship.

"[Perrodin's] progression's been great," women's coach Robert Hoppler said. "She's really progressed very well in and been able to help us have a presence in the sprint, a championship presence in the sprint, and, yeah, she's still very young. She's only a sophomore, so we're looking for her to continue to develop and continue to improve."

Another big winner for the women Wildcats Saturday was Anne Twombly, a senior who sat the indoor season out to make up for a missed redshirt opportunity earlier in her college career. She took first in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:15.81. Twombly led the second place runner by nine seconds.

"It was nice to have [Twombly] back," Hoppler said. "Good starting point. She's a little faster than where she started last year at the same weekend, so we feel that she's training well and excited to have her progress."

Like Twombly, junior Chelsey Serrano won an event, the 3000-meter race, after sitting out the indoor track season. Along with Twombly, Serrano was an integral part of the conference champion cross country team last year.

"[Serrano's] the same thing, first competition since November," Hoppler said. "We really feel like she's progressing really, really well."

For the men, Chris Poggi and Drew Piazza continued to impress in their freshmen year by placing first and second in the 800-meter race, Poggi in first with a time of 1:54.09 seconds, Piazza following close in second with 1:54.34.

Senior George Jumpp started his outdoor season off strong with a win in the hammer throw, launching a 183-footer to take first place.

Jumpp, along with Rosemary Read who took first for the women in the hammer throw with 171-09, is recognized for his dedication to his sport. With that dedication, he leads by example.

"[Jumpp] does it the way it should be done in terms of his dedication his preparation, his focus, his leadership," Hoppler said.

The hammer throw is not an event one can train for indoors. Due to this fact, Jumpp and Read both practiced every week this past winter outside in the freezing cold, tirelessly working on their hammer throw technique in spite of the snowy New Hampshire weather. 

"There wasn't a week this winter that they didn't go out, shovel the hammer circle, throw outdoors," Hoppler said. "They didn't accept the fact that it was snowy or cold. They worked outdoors all year, and that's a pretty big achievement and for them to come out their first meet and both get wins and both throw far, that was really exciting for them and for coach  and myself."

The Wildcats host again this Saturday at Reggie F. Atkins Track. The events begin at 11 a.m.


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