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Women Compete at UNH's Wildcat Invitational II

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By Tim O'Dowd
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DURHAM, N.H. – A majority of the Dartmouth women’s track & field team saw action Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Invitational II.

The team finished fourth in the standings with 87 points. UMass took the top spot with 188 points.

Senior Arianna Vailas was one of two competitors to earn an individual victory in the cloudy and overcast meet. Vailas won the 1500m in 4:33.14, leading a strong field of Big Green runners as Helen Schlachtenhaufen (4:37.23) and Abby Markowitz (4:38.37) claimed third and fourth, respectively, in the event, giving the team 21 total points.

Claudia Pham was the day’s other winner, taking the top spot in the 5000m with a time of 17:14.16. Hannah Rowe was second in 17:21.76, while Ashley Ulrich (18:17.23) and Erin McConnell (18:33.90) were fifth and seventh, respectively, to give Dartmouth four runners in the scoring.

In the 800m, Megan Grela was second overall in 2:12.52, picking up eight points in the process. Jennifer Cunnignham’s fifth-place showing (2:14.52) in the same event also netted four points toward the final figure.

Mary Sieredzinski was fifth in the long jump (16-8.75/5.09m), the best performance of any of Dartmouth’s five individuals competing in the event.

Corinne Romano took fifth in the shot put (38-11.50/11.87m), while Hannah O’Flynn claimed sixth in the discus (112-4.0/34.25m). Romano also competed in the hammer, but did not score as her best throw of 128-7.0/39.19m placed her 11th overall.

The 100m saw Kristel Estella run a 13.12 (0.1) to take sixth and three points, while Lauren Ready’s 1:02.51 in the 400m earned her one point and an eighth-place finish.