DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team opened the 2004 outdoor season last weekend as a split squad with student-athletes competing at both the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State and Northeastern University's Snowflake Classic.
At the Raleigh Relays, Greg Taylor (Allentown, Pa.) had the top Wildcat effort as he placed 15th in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 7.75 inches. Tim Perry (Bethel, Conn.) competed in the 10000-meter run and was the 26th runner to cross the finish line with a time of 31 minutes, 19.73 seconds. Craig Lange (Manchester, N.H.) was the other Wildcat to make the trip, and he ran a time of 48.72 in the 400m.
Tony Truax (Dover, N.H.) led the way at the Snowflake Classic as he won the 5000m with a time of 15:08.34, which was 13 seconds faster than the nearest competitor, and Robert Stiles took third place in the 1500m at 4:04.25. Andrew VanHoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine) led a strong Wildcat contingent in the 10000m. He was the third runner to cross the finish line with a time of 32:19.20 and was followed by Jeff Manley (Milton, Vt.; 32:37.02) in fourth, Nick Gosling (Meredith, N.H.; 33:58.54) in seventh and Rob Russ (33:59.21) in eighth.
Nick Piatti (Hampton, N.H.) had a strong showing in the 3000m steeplechase as his time of 9:39.33 was the third-best effort of the day. David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) competed in both hurdle events. He finished ninth in the 110m (16.66) and 12th in the 400m (1:00.07).
In the sprints, Jon Vandale (Shelburn Falls, Mass.) recorded the 10th-best time of 51.88 in the 400m, Travis Parker placed 13th in the 200m (23.16) and David Ciasulli (Hampton, N.H.) was 21st in the 100m (11.72).
In addition, Ciasulli recorded one of the Wildcats' top efforts in the field events. His distance of 21 feet, 7.25 inches placed fourth in the long jump. Dave Doiron (Sanford, Maine) cleared 6-0 in the high jump to earn another fourth-place finish for UNH.
Matt Barry (Atlanta, Ga.) and Rob Whitten (Farmington, Maine) fared well in the pole vault with fifth and sixth place, respectively, at 14-05.25 and 13-11.25. Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded a throw of 137-01 in the discus to earn sixth place and also earned 12th place in the shot put with a distance of 39-01.25. Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) was 15th in the javelin at 149-07.