DURHAM, N.H.-- Tim Perry (Bethel, Conn.) and Tony Truax (Dover, N.H.) won individual titles to lead the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships that were held at UNH's Reginald F. Atkins Track and Field Facility from May 12-14.
The Wildcats amassed a total of 72 points to place behind the University of Rhode Island (126 points), Dartmouth College (119) and the University of Connecticut (92) in the 36-team event that included teams from Division I, Division II and Division III.
Perry set the tone in Saturday's first event, the 10,000-meter run, as he completed the 25 laps in 31 minutes, 17.51 seconds to close his collegiate career with a convincing victory -- the runner-up crossed the finish line 10 seconds later. Truax settled into second place early in the 3000m steeplechase, made his move to the lead midway through the race and pulled away from the field to capture first place with a time of 9:04.67.
Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) also had an impressive meet with third-place finishes in both the 400m (48.36) and 200m (22.29). In addition, Parker anchored the 4x400m relay and ran the second leg of the 4x100.
A pair of other Wildcats, as well as the 4x100m relay team, captured third place. On Friday afternoon, Craig Stucchi (Southborough, Mass.) recorded a distance of 55.35m in the hammer throw, which was the third-best effort in the meet. Saturday on the track, Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) was the third runner to cross the finish line in the 800m with a time of 1:53.61. Earlier in the day, the quartet of David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.), Parker, David Ciasulli (Hampton, N.H.) and R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) was clocked in 41.87 to place third in the 4x100.
New Hampshire also earned points in two other relay events. In the next to last race of the competition, the Wildcats' 4x800 entry of Will Smith (Hampstead, N.H.), Edgerton, Robert Stiles (Southbury, Conn.) and Matt Croteau (Manchester, N.H.) recorded the fourth-fastest time of 7:44.56. Moments later in the final event of the meet, Taylor Scull (Bedford, N.H.), Jon Vandale (Shelburn Falls, Mass.), Ben Stein (Canton, Mass.) and Parker combined for seventh place in the 4x400 at 3:18.87.
The remainder of UNH's points was tallied in field events. A pair of Wildcats earned top-eight finishes in Saturday's discus competition. Reed Liset's (Dover, N.H.) throw of 46.52m took fifth place and Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.) finished seventh at 46.11m. Also on Saturday, Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) cleared a height of 2.03m in the high jump to finish seventh.
Danen also competed in the decathlon, which spanned Thursday and Friday. Highlighted by the top high jump effort, Danen amassed a total of 5,713 points to take seventh place. Robert Whitten (Farmington, Maine), who recorded one of the top performances in the pole vault, placed directly behind Danen with 5,228 points.
The Wildcats earned more points in Friday's long jump with a fifth-place finish by Tristan Hall (Londonderry, N.H.) at a distance of 6.92m.