BOSTON – Senior Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) and junior Dan Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) each turned in second-place finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire men's track & field team to a third-place finish after the first day of the America East Championships at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center on Friday.
With 27 points, the Wildcats trail Binghamton University (57) and the University at Albany (47), but lead the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (23), Boston U. (20), the University of Maine (9), Stony Brook University (5), the University of Vermont (4) and the University of Hartford (3).
DeTurk was second in the weight throw with an IC4A Championship-qualifying toss of 58 feet, 0.50 inches. Sophomore Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) and senior John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.) also scored points in the event, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, with marks of 55-3.75 and 52-3.75. Lyle's throw was also an IC4A qualifier.
Decrescenzo was runner-up in the 5,000 meters in an IC4A-qualifying time of 14 minutes, 28.75 seconds.
The distance medley squad placed sixth in an IC4A-qualifying time of 10:09.94.
Sophomore Chris Houston (Harrisburg, Pa.) finished ninth in the 60 meter preliminaries and qualified for Saturday's final with a time of 7.05.
Senior Alex Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) also finished ninth in the 400 meter prelims and qualified for Saturday's final with a time of 49.73.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday at the final day of the America East Championships at the Track & Tennis Center.