Courtesy: America East Communications

UNH's Purrier Captures USATF Junior National Title

Release: 07/07/2014

University of New Hampshire rising sophomore Elinor Purrier took home first place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the USATF Junior National Championships, highlighting five America East track & field athletes who competed at the event July 5-6 in Eugene, Ore.

The field of competitors consisted of high school and college student-athletes under the age of 20 from across the United States that competed to qualify for the 2014 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Junior World Championships. The biannual event will take place at Hayward Field starting Tuesday, July 22 and conclude Sunday, July 27. 

Purrier earned a spot on the USA Junior World Team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line with a first-place time of 10 minutes, 24.46 seconds. Purrier becomes the first runner in UNH track & field history to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships. 

Classmates and teammates, Sarah Keiran and Drew Piazza, also competed at the event. Keiran finished sixth in the 3,000m steeple with a time of 11:20.91. Piazza qualified for the finals of the 800m run and finished sixth, clocking in at 1:51.06.

A pair of Binghamton Bearcats also made the trip to Oregon in Peter Fagan and Eric Holt. Fagan took 11th in the pole vault, clearing 4.90 meters. Holt crossed the line in 3:57.52 to finish 13th in the preliminary round of the 1,500 meter run.