Men's Track and Field Takes Close Second at America East Championships

UNH Coaches Win America East Coaching Staff of the Year Award

Full Results

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's track team finished in second place in the 2006 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend held at the Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility.

In the closest championship meet in America East history, the men's team missed first place by 4 points behind the University at Albany. The team totaled 195.333 points, while Albany finished with 199.5 points. Along with the second place finish, the coaching staff was voted America East Coaching Staff of the Year. Head Coach Jim Boulanger, Robert Hoppler, Casey Carroll, Rob Whitten, and volunteers Ian Bodwell, George Liset, Annie Wenzler, Carl Mitchell, and Leanne Martin received their award at the end of Sunday's events.

Sophomore Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) was the champion in both the 1500-meter run and the 800m run. Edgerton's time in the 800m was 1:52.82, and in the 1500m he raced an IC4A qualifying time of 3:48.78. Also qualifying for IC4A's was Matt Russell (Ogdenberg, N.Y.) in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:10.79 and James Myles (Merrimack, N.H.) in a major upset in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.70. Teammate David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) finished third in the 110m hurdles in 14.89 while Myles also finished fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 22.08.

In the 400m hurdles, the Wildcats took third, seventh, and eighth with successful races by Benedetto, Daniel Randlett (Exeter, N.H.), and Ben Stein (Canton, Mass.). The men dominated the standings in all the distance events. Along with Russell as the champion in the 3000m steeplechase, Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.), Matt O'Connor (Rhineback, N.Y.), and Rodolfo Crispin (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished fourth, sixth, and eighth, respectively. In the 10,000m run, Andrew Van Hoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine) and Horwitz grabbed third and fourth with times of 31:49.89 and 32:19.53.

Horwitz also led the pack in the 5000m run placing fourth with a time of 15.01.53, while Russell, Van Hoogenstyn, and Ben Danton (New Milford, Conn.) followed behind in fifth, sixth, and eighth. In the 1500m run, Danton, Brandon Williams (Hooksett, N.H.) and Robert Stiles (Southbury, Conn.) grabbed third, fourth, and eighth. In the 800m run, Williams took fourth while Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.) grabbed fifth and David Nayes (Eden Praire, Minn.) finished seventh. The men's 4x800m relay took third with a time of 7:45.15, and the 4x400 took fifth and 4x100 finished fourth.

The Wildcats also performed well in the field events, with senior Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.) becoming the champion in the discus throw. Lundquist won the event with a top throw of 47.42 meters while teammates Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) and Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) took second and seventh at 46.59 meters and 43.33meters, respectively. Edwards also grabbed second in the shot put with a top mark of 15.66 meters and Lundquist finished fourth at 15.29 meters. Liset and freshman Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) grabbed fifth and seventh in the hammer throw, and junior Tristan Hall (Londonderry, N.H.) finished sixth in the javelin throw with a distance of 52.12 meters.

Matt Begley (Brookeville, Md.) earned third place in the pole vault at a height of 4.65 meters while Patrick Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.) and David DeVoy (Sanbornton, N.H.) finished seventh and eighth in the high jump. In the long jump, freshman Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) took third place with a jump of 7.07 meters and teammates Hall and Myles finished fifth and eighth, respectively. In the men's Decathlon, David Doiron (Sanford, Maine) finished in sixth place overall with 5546 points, Dan O'Hara (Needham, Mass.) took eighth with 5316 points, and Shane Casimiro (Lee, N.H.) finished tenth with 4929 points.

The best of the Wildcats will compete at either the New England Championships at MIT on May or the IC4A' s in Princeton, N.J., both being held next weekend, May 12-14. For complete results of the conference championship, go to www.americaeast.com.

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