The University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track and field recorded seven first place finishes en route to scoring 226 points to take home top honors at the College of Holy Cross Invitational of Tuesday afternoon.
            The Wildcats provided plenty of depth in each event and out-distanced Atlantic-10 powerhouse University of Rhode Island by 16 points in the process as the Rams finished with 210 overall. The host squad compiled 92 points and Quinnipiac University and Worcester State College rounded out the top five teams with 26 and 25 points respectively.
            Junior harrier Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) produced a victory in the 3000-meters (9:38.80) as the Wildcats captured the top four spots in the race. Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) raced to a win in the 1500-meters (4:04.97), while teammate David Nayes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) cruised to a first place finish in the 800-meters (1:55.47). Andrew Lawson (Holland Patent, N.Y.) posted a victory in the 5000-meters (15:31.81) to notch his first outdoor win of the season.
            In the sprinting events, freshman standout William Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) delivered a win in the 200-meters (22.29) and recorded a third place in the 100-meters (10.96), setting a personal record in the process. Sophomore Doug Mercer (Laconia, N.H.) sprinted his way to a second place showing in the 400-meters (50.58) and Cody Blake (Pembroke, N.H.) earned a win in the 400-meter hurdles (55.13).
            In the field events, sophomore Patrick Casey (So. Yarmouth, Mass.) tallied a win in the high jump (6-6), while junior Matt Begley (Brookville, Md.) took third in the pole vault (14-7.25). The throwing events were led by UNH’s top three throwers all season long as they all placed second in their respective events with Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) w in the discus (159-9), sophomore Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) in the hammer (178-6) and senior Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) in the shot put (48-7.50).
            The Wildcats return to the oval on Saturday (April 28) at the University of Massachusetts Invitational at 12 noon. A pack of Wildcats will travel to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays on Thursday (April 26).
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