DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's track team placed first in a three-team meet it hosted Saturday at the Paul Sweet Oval. The Wildcats totaled 165 points to pace the field, followed by Boston College (104) and Vermont (44).
New Hampshire swept the top three places in both the long jump and the 55-meter dash. In the long jump, UNH's Shin Horuichi took top honors with a jump of 6.45 meters. He was followed by Craig Lange (Manchester, N.H.) and Tim Constant (Alexander, N.H.). In the 55-meter dash, Ronald Harvey posted a time of 6.58 seconds to lead the field. Constant (6.69) and David Bailey (6.70) were his closest pursuers.
UNH also finished 1-2 in six separate events. Robert Whitten (Farmington, Maine) and Matt Barry finished first and second in pole vault with Whitten registering a 4.4-meter vault. Stephen Meinelt led the 1500-meter field with a time of 4-minutes, 4.59-seconds, while teammate Jesse Marcum finished second. In the 400, Tyler Harmon and Taylor Scull swept the top two spots with Harmon setting a 50.55-second pace.
In the 500, Lange bested teammate Steve Weicksell (Novi, Mich.) with a 1:05.94 effort. Dan Hocking registered a time of 2:28.15 to place first in the 1000, with William Smith coming in second. Constant (22.93) placed first in the 200, while Brain Harmon finished in the runner-up slot.
Junior Mike Puzzo (East Hampton, Conn.) captured the weight throw event with a toss of 15.82 meters, while Tyler Danin took top honors in the high jump, leaping 6-feet, 5-inches. The 4x800 (8:10.21) and 4x400 (3:25.57) also placed first.
The men's indoor track team competes at the America East championships this Saturday. The meet, which will be held at Boston University, starts at 9 a.m.