DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men's cross country and track & field coach Jim Boulanger is pleased to announce the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2011-12 season.
"We're very excited about this incoming group of student-athletes," Boulanger said. "This group will make an immediate impact on our scoring and should bolster several areas to make our team stronger across the board."
D'Mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.), a hurdler, enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign at Merrimack Valley High School this past year, culminating with a pair of individual state titles. At the 2011 NHIAA Meet of Champions, McFadden captured first place and set state records in both the 300m hurdle and 110m hurdle events.
Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) and Zachary Chabot (Manchester, N.H.) will look to bolster the distance group after the duo helped Manchester Central win the New England Cross Country Championship last fall. On the track, Gagnon won the state title in the 3,200m and went on to place sixth in the event at the New England meet in a personal best time of 9:13, while Chabot will add depth to the middle distance and distance ranks.
Conor Loynd (Plymouth, N.H.) and Nick Sullivan (Newport, N.H.) will look to boost the middle distance group. Loynd was runner-up in the 400m at the state championships and owns a personal best time of 50.69. Sullivan, who finished fourth in the same event at states, clocks in at 51.36.
Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) will also contribute to the track & field team as a middle distance specialist. Penn, a Newton North High School product, finished second in the 400m at the 2011 All-State meet and runs the event in a personal best time of 48.77.
Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) and Ian Albert (Northford, Conn.) will both join the cross country team and also run distance on the track. Moretti, a letterwinner at Guilford High School, finished ninth at the New England Cross Country Championships last fall with a personal best of 9:24 in the 3,200m and 4:20 in the mile. Albert, a product of Xavier High School who placed eighth at the New England Cross Country Championships, boasts a 3,200m personal best of 9:36 and a 9:57 in the 3,000m steeplechase.