NEW YORK, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team scored nine points and finished in seventh place after day one of the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y.
Two Wildcats earned top-five finishes in the 5,000-meter race to open the meet. Junior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) posted a time of 14:54.50 to take fourth and sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) placed fifth with a mark of 14:55.63.
Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) also posted a pair of top-eight finishes in the weight throw event. Jumpp turned in a third-place finish with a measurement of 18.00-meters, while Shanahan earned eighth with a toss of 16.65-meters. Both measurements were personal-bests for the Wildcat throwers.
Three Wildcats followed by qualifying for the 400-meter dash finals with top-nine finishes in the preliminaries. Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) posted a time of 48.88 seconds to place first, freshman John Cox (Rome, Ga.) qualified in sixth (49.49 seconds) and classmate Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) qualified in ninth (49.94 seconds).
D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) posted a second place finish for the Wildcats in the 60-meter hurdle prelims to qualify for Monday's finals. McFadden recorded a time of 8.33 seconds in Sunday's prelims.
Junior Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) followed by qualifying in the 500-meter race. Souza logged a mark of 1:05.13 to take the fifth best time of the first day for the Wildcats.
Finally, junior Daniel Johnson (Lancaster, N.H.) sits fourth out of 11 after four events in the men's heptathlon event. Johnson finished the first day with 2,596 points, trailing UMBC's Vincent Rentzsch by 99 points heading into the second day.
The Wildcats will continue the America East Indoor Championships Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. when the 60-meter high hurdles portion of the heptathlon runs. For the latest news and information on the men's track and field team, tune in to www.unhwildcats.com.