DURHAM, N.H. – After yet another successful regular season for the University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track and field team, the Wildcats turn its attention towards the America East Championship at UMBC on Saturday (May 5).

The Wildcats enter the conference championship on a positive note after placing second overall at the University of Massachusetts Invitational on April 28. Head coach Jim Boulanger hopes to capture his fifth America East championship. The Wildcats boast a plethora of athletes that are primed and ready to compete for a championship as the depth in each event vies well for New Hampshire.

UNH is stacked in the throwing events. Junior Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.), who was just named America East Field Performer of the Week for his record throw in the discus that eclipsed a 20-year record set by former UNH alum Ed McCabe in 1987, should be in contention in the discus. Senior Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) and sophomore Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) also provide most of the scoring chances in the throwing events, as the consistent duo has been a force all season. Freshman Chis Morgan enjoyed plenty of success in the javelin and hopes to contend for a solid finish. Other notable field performers include junior Matt Begley (Brookville, Md.), who is one of the conference’s elite pole-vaulters. Begley vaulted to a first place victory at the UMass Invite, posting a mark of 14-7.25 in the vault. Sophomores Patrick Casey (So. Yarmouth, Mass.) and Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) hope to contribute points in the high jump and long jump, respectively. Shaw posted a season-best 23-2 leap in the long jump at the Dartmouth College Invitational as he aims for a conference victory.

In the sprints, UNH will rely on newcomer William Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) in the 100 and 200 meters and add depth to the relays. Brehm recently won his collegiate debut in the 400-meters at the UMass Invite with an impressive time of 48.85. Sophomore Doug Mercer (Laconia, N.H.) is another standout contender 400-meter sprinter. In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Cody Blake (Pembroke, N.H.) has momentum coming off a second place finish at the UMass Invite as he set a new personal record of 54.98.

The distance events could be the frontrunners to compile most of the team’s overall points with a number of runners ready to make an impact. Most of the UNH distance runners already experienced the thrill of becoming the 2006 America East Cross-Country champions last fall. Graduate student Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) looks to make an impact in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while teammate Jordan Horowitz (Evanston, Ill.) hopes to race to a victory in the 3000 and 5000 meters, respectively. Ben Danton (New Milford, Conn.) is a contender in the 1500-meters, while David Nayes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) competes in the 800-meters. He posted a season-best time of 1:55.13 at the Dartmouth College Invitational on April 21.

The quest for a sixth America East title begins Saturday (May 5) at UMBC.
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