WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire men's outdoor track and field team finished second as a team with 168 points on Tuesday, April 25 at the Holy Cross Men's Invitational.
UNH placed behind the University of Rhode Island (188 points) and ahead of Holy Cross (127), Quinnipiac University (55) and Worcester State College (40).
The 3000 meter steeplechase was dominated first through fourth place by the Wildcats, with Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) taking the win in 9 minutes, 29.19 seconds. Matthew O'Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) was next across the finish line in 9:34.64 and was followed by Rodolfo Crispin (Clifton, N.J.; 9:48.35) and Erich Fiedler (Ludlow, Mass.; 9:52.47).
Senior captain David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) also had a successful day by taking first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.10 seconds and finishing second in the 110m hurdles at 15.38, while teammate James Myles (Merrimack, NH) came in fourth place with a time of 16.18. Although competition was extremely tight, senior Andrew VanHoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine) pulled ahead to win the 1500m run in 4:04.04. The men's 4 x 400 m relay took first place with a time of 3:31.86.
In the fields events, freshman Patrick Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.) won the high jump at a height of 6-feet, 4 inches, while Dan O'Hara (Needham, Mass.) and Tom Miller (Laconia, N.H.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Third place finishes went to David Dreyer (LeRoy, N.Y.) and Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) in the pole vault and long jump, respectively. Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) won the shot put with a throw of 48-8.75, while Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.) and Jeffrey Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) finished third and fourth. Lundquist also took second in the discus throw with a mark of 150-5.
The Wildcats compete at home one last time this Saturday, April 29 before they host the America East Outdoor Championships on May 6 and 7.