ORONO, Maine
– Seniors Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) and Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.), and freshmen Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) and Mike Simon (Bethel, Conn.) all won individual conference championships to lead a total team effort as the University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track and field team placed second at the America East championships at the Beckett Track and Field Complex on May 3-4.
With 162 points, the Wildcats finished behind the University at Albany (196), but ahead of Binghamton University (119), Boston University (115.50), the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (93.50), the University of Maine (64), Stony Brook University (55), the University of Vermont (39) and the University of Hartford (13).
It was a total team effort that placed the Wildcats second as they scored points in 19-of-22 events. A big reason for that team effort was the coaching staff – led by head coach Jim Boulanger – which won its sixth America East Outdoor Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year award, and 16th overall between cross country and indoor and outdoor track. The women’s team also finished second, marking the second year in a row that both teams have placed second at the outdoor conference championships. Combined, the two teams scored points in an unbelievable 41-of-44 events.
Horwitz, who earned America East Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Track Performer, won a conference crown in the 10,000-meters by finishing in an America East-record time of 30 minutes, 41.69 seconds. Sophomore Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska), and juniors Brent Powers (Remsden, N.Y.) and Nick Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) finished second, third and fifth, respectively, finishing in times of 30:47.97, 30:54.92 and 31:51.12 to give the ‘Cats four athletes who gained points in the event. Dinnan and Powers’ times were IC4A championship qualifiers. Horwitz, who also won the Coaches Award for Most Points Compiled with 18 points, also finished second in the 5,000-meters in an IC4A championship-qualifying time of 14:32.54. Powers was sixth in 15:01.08.
Edgerton finished first in the 1,500-meters in an NCAA East Regional-qualifying time of 3:45.88. That performance also broke the school record that Edgerton set April 12 at the Wildcat Invitational II when he finished in 3:46.62. Edgerton also placed fourth in the 800-meters, finishing in a time of 1:53.58.
After finishing second in the shot put at the indoor conference championship, Paey was victorious in the shot put outdoors with a toss of 16.72 meters.
Simon won the javelin with a throw of 60.30 meters. Three other Wildcats garnered points in the event, tying the four point-getters from the 10,000-meters. Sophomores Anders Nordquist (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Chris Morgan (Goffstown, N.H.) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, with throws of 53.12 and 52.72 meters, while junior Trevor Messineo (Concord, N.H.) was eighth at 50.89 meters.
Senior Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) placed second in the 200-meters in 21.82 seconds. Sophomore Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) was sixth in 22.12 seconds. Parker was also third in the 400-meters in 48.71 seconds. Brehm also finished fifth in the 100-meters in 10.97 seconds.

Junior Pat Casey (So. Yarmouth, Mass.) finished second in the high jump with a leap of 1.93.
Junior Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.01 meters.
In the pole vault, junior David Dreyer (LeRoy, N.Y.) and sophomore Matt Begley (Brookeville, Md.) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, by clearing a height of 4.65 meters. Dreyer needed fewer attempts to reach the height than Begley.
Junior Matt O’Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) finished fourth and qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by finishing in 8:58.10.
Sophomore Matt Powers (Harpswell, Maine) came in fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 48.54 meters.
Freshman Alex Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.17 seconds.
The Wildcats’ 4x100-meter relay team of Brehm, Parker, Shaw and freshman Wesley Cotnoir (Auburn, N.H.) finished third in an IC4A championship-qualifying time of 42.19 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay team of Brehm, Begley, junior Ben Stein (Canton, Mass.) and Parker was fourth in an IC4A championship-qualifying time of 3:16.90. The 4x800-meter relay team of junior Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.), freshman Chris Janczyk (Bristol, Conn.), Dinnan and sophomore Ryan Rebstock (New Milford, Conn.) placed fifth in 7:56.80.
Senior Dan O’Hara (Needham, Mass.) finished fifth in the decathlon with 5,324 points. O’Hara won the shot put with a throw of 11.66 meters, was second in the 1,500-meters in 4:49.72, was third in the 400-meters in 53.06 seconds and was third in the high jump with a leap of 1.80 meters.

The Wildcats return to action May 9-10 when they host the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Reggie F. Atkins Track.
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