DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team recorded three victories, as well as six runner-up finishes, in Saturday afternoon's non-scoring UNH Wildcat Invitational II at the Reginald F. Atkins Track and Field Facility.
Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) had a strong day with a victory in the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.54 seconds and a second-place finish in the 200m at a time of 22.58. Tony Truax Dover, N.H.) pulled away in the final lap of the 5000m to cross the finish line first with a time of 15:05.58. Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) was the fastest competitor in the 800m as he was timed in 1:54.93. William Smith (Hampstead, N.H.) was close behind and took third place in 1:56.39.
The 'Cats took five of the top eight places in the 1500. Benjamin Driscoll (4:00.22) edged out teammate Robert Stiles (Southbury, Conn.) for second place while Andrew Van Hoogenstyn(Scarborough, Maine; 4:04.49), Tim Perry (Bethel, Conn.; 4:06.19) and Jeff Manley (Milton, Vt.) finished 6-7-8.
New Hampshire also finished tightly as a group in the 100. R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) led the Wildcat quartet in fourth place at 11.83. He was followed closely by David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.; 11.85), David Ciasulli (Hampton, N.H.; 11.89) and Tristan Hall (11.91) in fifth through seventh.
In the long distance events, Robert Zolla placed fifth in the 10,000 with a time of 34:34.46 while Peter Hewins (Richoro, Pa.) took sixth in the 5000 in 15:55.48.
David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) was the top UNH finisher in both hurdle events, as he placed third in the 400 hurdles (57:07) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.84). Matt Russell was third to cross the finish line in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:38.74.
The best effort in the field events was turned in by Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Derek Stank (Etters, Pa.), both of whom recorded second-place finishes. Danen cleared a height of 6-feet, 5-inches in the high jump while Stank took his honor in the javelin with a mark of 57.41m. Danen also placed fifth in the pole vault at 3.80.
In addition to competing in the 100m dash, Hall recorded sixth place in both the high jump (6-01) and javelin (49.54). Ciasulli, another 100m entry, was fourth in the long jump with a distance of 6.29.
UNH also received sixth-place efforts from Joshua Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) in the shot put and Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) in the discus.
New Hampshire returns to action April 23 at the Dartmouth Invitational.
Complete meet results can be found online at www.lancertiming.com.