UNH's Lange captures top spot at Holy Cross Decathlon

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Craig Lange (Manchester, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team amassed a score of 6201 points to win the Holy Cross Crusades Decathlon on Thursday at the Holy Cross Multi-Meet.

Lange’s teammates Ethan Gato (South Portland, Maine; 5011 points), Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.; 5007) and David Doiron (Sanford, Maine; 4818) placed ninth, 10th and 12th, respectively.

After one day at Holy Cross, Lange compiled 3321 points, which led the field of 19 athletes by 150 points through five events. He recorded the top effort of the day in three events – the 100m (11.40), shot put (37-5.75) and 400m (49.98) to earn 774, 571 and 816 points, respectively. Lange's distance of 20-4.5 in the long jump was worth 632 points and was the second-best mark. He also earned 528 points by clearing 5-6 in the high jump.

On Thursday, Lange solidified his top spot by placing second in the final two events, the javelin (153-10; 543 points) and 1500m (4:49.9 (619). He began the second day of competition with a fourth-place finish in the110 high hurdles (16.05; 727 points), seventh in the discus (99-2; 469) and third in the pole vault (11-11.75; 522).

Gato's highest point total came in the 100m, as his time of 11.98 earned 649 points and in Day 2, the 1500m produced the most points (525).

Danen won the discus with a throw of 116-00, which earned 571 points. He also tied for first place in the high jump by clearing 6-4.75, and the effort was worth 758 points.

Doiron, who was in eighth place at the completion of Day 1, tied Danen's mark of 6-4.75 in the high jump to share top honors. His second day of competition was highlighted by a 549-point effort in the pole vault as he cleared 12-3.5 to record the second-best mark.

This quartet of decathletes will join the rest of the Wildcat men's track team as it hosts Dartmouth College and Quinnipiac University on April 17 (12 p.m.) at the Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility.

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