Two Former UNH Wildcats in Olympic Contention
Two former UNH Wildcats are in contention to make the U.S. Olympic team at the track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.
2017 graduate Michael Shanahan earned the 6th position of 20 finalists in the men's hammer throw Friday with his best throw of 239 feet, 1 inch scheduled for Saturday. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 7:25 p.m.
During his time at UNH the California native threw for two UNH records and was a two-time All-American. His outdoor hammer throw of 227-5 is best in New Hampshire history. He also holds the indoor weight throw benchmark of 73-10.5.
Elle Purrier St. Pierre, a 2018 UNH graduate, will compete in the 1,500M semi-finals on Saturday after winning her heat on Friday with a time of 4 minutes, 11.78 seconds. The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday and will air on NBC Sports Network.
The Vermont native holds six individual records and is part of four record relays in the UNH record book.
She is at the top of the list in the 800 meters (2:03.64), 1,000m (2:46.02), mile (4:26.55) and 3,000m (8:55.68); she is also part of the record distance medley relay team.
Outdoors Purrier St. Pierre holds the 1,500m (4:10.08) and steeplechase (9:43.65), as well as the sprint medley, 4x800m and 4x1,500m relays; she also graduated as the UNH record holder in the 800m.
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