DURHAM, N.H. -- James Myles (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded first-place finishes in both the 400-meter dash and 55m hurdles, as well as second place in the long jump, to lead the University of New Hampshire men's indoor track and field team to victory in Saturday's quad meet at Paul Sweet Oval.
UNH won a total of 10 events in compiling a total of 219 points to easily outdistance itself from runner-up University of Massachusetts, which finished with 121. The College of the Holy Cross (117 points) and Boston College (111) rounded out the meet.
Myles recorded the fastest time in the 55m hurdles preliminaries at 7.77 seconds, then bested the competition in the finals with a time of 7.71. He edged out teammate David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.), who also placed second in the 55m hurdles, in the 400m with a time of 51.31. In the long jump, Myles' effort of 21 feet, 9.50 inches was topped by fellow Wildcat Tristan Hall (Londonderry, N.H.), who recorded a winning distance of 21-1.50.
Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) had a strong day in the sprints. He took first place in the 200m (22.90) and second in the 55m (6.70) as the 'Cats had four of the six finalists in that event. UNH's other win on the track was by Matthew Russell in the 1,500m with a time of 4:00.93.
New Hampshire was strong in the throwing events. Joshua Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) led a 1-5 effort by the 'Cats in the shot put with a throw of 50-5.50. He was followed by Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.; 47-3.50), Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.; 46-4.75), Jeffrey Kaste (Atkinston, N.H.; 43-10.75) and Jason Martin (Manchester, N.H.; 43-3.25). Liset won the weight throw with an effort of 51-7.75 and Kaste took third at 47-6.25.
The 'Cats also garnered first place in the high jump and pole vault. David Ball (Orange, Vt.) cleared a height of 6-3 to capture the high jump while Van Truong (Shrewsbury, Mass.) won the pole vault at a height of 14-1.25.
New Hampshire's other first-place finish was turned in by the 4x400m relay team with a 3:28.19 clocking. The 4x800m relay squad placed second at 8:09.57.
In addition to Benedetto's pair of runner-up finishes, UNH earned second place in three events. Michael Grillo (Bedford, N.H.) earned that distinction with a distance of 40-4.25 in the triple jump, Andrew Van Hoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine) was second in the 3,000m at 8:46.38 and David Nayes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was runner-up in the 1,000m with a time of 2:39.90.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 28 at the University of Maine to race against Maine and Central Connecticut. The meet begins at 12 p.m.