Dedham, Mass.--- The men's track and field team from the University of New Hampshire finished third at the America East Championships on Saturday earning 162 points, and in the process crowned six event champions. The team title was taken home by the University of Delaware who amassed 218 points barely edging out Northeastern University's 211 point total.
Jamison Whiting (Salem, N.H.) set a new America East and school record in the pole vault with a winning vault of 16 feet five and a half inches, breaking his own school record and the old meet watermark set by Vermont's Erik Gauthier in 1995. Whiting's teammate Jared Burke (Salem, N.H.) took home third place honors with his 15'05.50" effort. Tim Lyons (Wakefield, Mass.) earned himself two titles, in the hammer throw he had a winning toss of 197' 00.00", while in the javelin his 215'03.00" effort not only won the event but bested the second place finisher by over eight feet. Kyle Schneck (Concord, N.H.) took home the title in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.57. Schneck also finished second in the 1,500m (3:50.24) just ahead of Kevin Horgan (Ashburnham, Mass.) who finished in 3:51.31. Ryan Raymond (Loudon, N.H.) was best in the 10,000m with his 31:45.51 effort. His Wildcat teammate Matthew Barnard (Hebron, N.H.) finished in fourth with a time of 32:38.23. The Wildcats took home their final title in the 110m hurdles when Jason Marshall (Piscataway, N.J.) finished in 14.76 to take home the title. John Barry (Nashua, N.H.) crossed the line less than a second later finishing in fourth (15.42). Marshall also took home a second place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.99, while Barry finished fifth (56.36).
The Wildcats' Joil Bergeron (Keene, N.H.) took home two top five finishes by placing second in the discus (150' 07.00") and fourth in the shot put (45'04.25"). The UNH relay teams also faired well as both the 4x100m (42.09) and the 4x800m (7:44.11) teams finished in third place. The 22.26 effort turned in by Keith Chisholm (Hudson, N.H.) in the 200m placed him fifth.
The next track action for the Wildcats is the New England Championships at the University of Connecticut on May 12-13.