DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men’s indoor track and field team has high expectations heading into the America East Championships on Friday after a successful regular season.
    The Wildcats captured first place on two occasions with a duel meet victory over rival University of Maine back on December 9, downing their foes by a score of 92-81. UNH also took home top honors in a tri-meet against the University of Massachusetts and the College of Holy Cross on January 20. The Wildcats garnered 151 points, while Holy Cross scored 100 and UMass tallied 92 points respectively.
    The Wildcats most recent success came on February 2, as the team placed second out of nine teams at the University of Rhode Island Mega Meet. The only loss came at the hands of the Atlantic-10 member and host team Rhode Island.
    The Wildcats present plenty of depth in hopes of improving on a third place showing from last season’s championship.
     The Wildcats will rely heavily on the long distance events as the men’s cross country team previously won the America East Championships this past fall. Juniors Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) and Jordan Horowitz (Evanston, Ill.) hope to make an immediate impact in the scoring, while Benjamin Danton (New Milford, Conn.) and Benjamin Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.) should contribute points in the 800 meters and mile run. In the sprinting events, senior Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va,) and freshman William Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) look to score in the 200 meters and 400 meters, while Brendan Post (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Douglas Mercer (Laconia, N.H.)  present a threat in the 400 meters and 500 meters.
    UNH’s junior pole-vaulter Matt Begley (Brookeville, Md.) continues to place high in any meet he competes at and will look to do the same at conference championships. Throwers Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) and Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) hope to deliver points in both shot put and weight throw, while sophomore Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) attempts to contend for a win in the long jump.
    The America East Championships are set for Friday (Feb. 17) at 2 p.m. on the campus of Boston University at the Track and Tennis Center.

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