BOSTON, MASS.- Dan Hocking (Merrimack, N.H.), a senior distance runner on the University of New Hampshire track and field team, set a school record in the 3000 meter run this past weekend when he traveled to Boston University's Track and Tennis Center to compete in the Terrier Invitational. Hocking finished the event with a time of 8:05.43, shattering the six-year old UNH record previously held by Alan Bernier (8:09.98). The time also made Hocking a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled to take place on March 14th and 15th on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Hocking's time placed him as the top collegian finisher in the event, and was good enough for fourth place overall.
Hocking, the captain of the Wildcat squad, last season provisionally qualified for the NCAA's with his time in the mile run, and was also named the America East Scholar Athlete of the Year for his efforts in both cross-country and indoor track. During this past fall's cross-country season, Hocking led the UNH men to their second consecutive America East Championship, as his second place finish there marked the second best time in conference history.
Hocking and the Wildcat track team return to action on February 8th when they travel to Rhode Island to compete in the URI invitational. The Wildcat women will travel to Northeastern tomorrow to take part in the Husky Invitational.