BOSTON – Sophomore Brice Paey (Milton, N.H) set an America East Championship record and senior Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) set another school record to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s indoor track and field team to a third-place finish at the America East Championships at Boston University’s Track and Tennis on Friday and Saturday.
The Wildcats’ 133 points were enough to put them ahead of UMBC (123), Boston University (57), University of Maine (42.50), the University of Vermont (38), Stony Brook University (34) and the University of Hartford (3.50). The University at Albany (211) and Binghamton University (138) were the top two finishers.
Paey won a championship in the shot put and set a new America East Championship record with an IC4A Championship-qualifying throw of 56 feet, 2.50 inches. Seniors Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) and Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) were third and fifth, respectively. Kaste submitted an IC4A Championship-qualifying toss of 51-5.75, while Liset reached a mark of 49-1. In the weight throw, Kaste and Liset were second and fourth, respectively, at 59-6.25 and 56-2.50 – both IC4A Championship-qualifying marks. Senior Jason Martin (Manchester, N.H.) was sixth at 51-11.75.
Shaw, who broke UNH’s 67-year-old school record in the long jump at the Valentine Invite in the same building Feb. 14, set another new school mark by winning a title with an IC4A Championship-qualifying mark of 24-0.25.
Sophomore Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) posted a pair of top-three finishes. Brehm finished second in the 200 meters in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 21.68 seconds, just 17-hundredths of a second behind the winner. Classmate Gabe Dano (Merrimack, N.H.) was fifth in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 21.95 seconds. Brehm was also third in the 400 meters in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 48.18 seconds. Sophomore Alex Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was eighth in 49.79 seconds.
Freshman William Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.) placed second in the 500 meters in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of one minute, 3.50 seconds. Fellow freshman Sean Mitchell (Concord, Calif.) was seventh in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 1:04.80.
Senior Pat Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.) was second in the high jump with a leap of 6-7.50.
Senior Nick Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) finished second in the 5,000 meters in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 14:46.63. Classmate Brent Powers (Remsen, N.Y.) was third at 14:56.42. Decrescenzo was also fifth in the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:29.20, while senior Matt O’Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) was seventh at 8:29.63.
The Wildcats’ 4x400 meter relay team of Godfrey, Mitchell, Macleod and Brehm finished third in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 3:19.36. Their 4x800 team of senior Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.), junior Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.), sophomore Jacob McDougle (Walpole, N.H.) and senior Cale Dubay (Caribou, Maine) was also third in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 7:43.65. The distance medley squad of Jenkins, Macleod, Dubay and Kearns placed fourth in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 9:59.33.
Jenkins was fifth in the 1,000 meters in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 2:27.40, while Kearns was also fifth in the mile in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 4:10.25. McDougle was sixth in the 800 meters in a time of 1:55.70.
Senior David Dreyer (LeRoy, N.Y.) finished eighth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 14-9.
The Wildcats return to action at the ECAC Championships on March 7-8 right back at the Track and Tennis Center.