DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team took first place in six events, but fell to the University of Maine, 100-88 at the Paul Sweet Oval on the campus of UNH.
The Wildcats earned victories in the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter run, the 1000-meter race, the 4x400 relay, the 4x800 relay, and the heptathlon.
Freshman John Cox captured the first victory for UNH on the day, claiming first in the 400-meter dash. Cox crossed the finish line in 50.44 seconds. Teammate Cedric Mesengere earned fourth in the race with a time of 54.71 seconds.
Junior Steven Souza (Fall River, Mass.) and freshman Drew Piazza swept the top-two spots in the 800-meter run for the Wildcats. Souza took the top spot with a 1:56.92 mark, while Piazza finished second in 1:57.92.
The Wldcats also swept the top two spots in the 1000-meter run. Freshmen Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.) and Tanner Kent (Amherst, N.H.) earned gold and silver in the race. Poggi timed in at 2:33.80 while Kent finished in 2:35.53.
UNH earned first place in the 4x400 relay. The team of Kent, sophomore Christopher Decarlo (Derry, N.H.), sophomore Seth Sheridan, and Cox finished in 3:28.60. The tandem beat Maine by 1.23 seconds to earn the victory.
The Wildcat 4x800 relay quartet of Souza, Piazza, Poggi, and junior James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.) also earned first place on the night. The team finished in 8:09.47, 7.60 seconds faster than Maine's squad.
The final victory for UNH came in the heptathlon, where juniors Thomas Bove and Daniel Johnson (Lancaster, N.H.) took the top two spots. Bove finished with 759 total points, while Johnson completed the five events with a total score of 732.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 14 when it travels to Boston for the Jay Carisella Carnival. For the latest news on men's track and field tune into www.unhwildcats.com