VESTAL, N.Y. –Senior Nick Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.), sophomore Michael Simon (Durham, Conn.), junior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) and freshmen Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) each won conference titles as both the University of New Hampshire men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams are in first place after the first day of competition at the America East Championships at Binghamton University’s East Gym Track Complex.
The men, with 92.50 points, lead the University at Albany (57.33), Binghamton (45.33), the University of Vermont (29), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (24.50), the University of Maine (14.33), Boston University (5) and the University of Hartford (4).
Decrescenzo finished first in the 10,000 meters in a time of 31 minutes, 15.93 seconds. The Wildcats swept the top three spots as junior Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and senior Brent Powers (Remsen, N.Y.)placed second and third, respectively, in times of 31:29.69 and 31:34.13.
Simon won his second outdoor javelin title with an IC4A Championship-qualifying throw of 60.38 meters, edging out junior teammate Chris Morgan (Goffstown, N.H.), who submitted a mark of 56.35 meters. Junior Frank Radlof (Milford, N.H.) was sixth at 51.08 meters.
In the hammer throw, the Wildcats placed seven athletes in the top 10, including five in scoring positions. Seniors Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) and Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.), sophomore Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) and junior Matt Powers (Harpswell, Maine) placed second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively, with IC4A Championship-qualifying throw throws of 56.69, 54.58, 54.42 and 53.15 meters. Sophomore John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.) was seventh with a mark of 50.63 meters, while classmate Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) and senior Jason Martin (Manchester, N.H.) placed ninth and 10th, respectively, at 46.00 and 45.20 meters.
Senior Pat Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.) was runner-up in the high jump for the second consecutive year with a leap of 1.93 meters.
Classmate Marc Ouellette (Hopkinton, N.H.) finished fifth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:35.17.
Another senior, Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.), placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 7.06 meters.
David Dreyer (LeRoy, N.Y.), also a senior, was seventh in the pole vault after clearing a height of 4.50 meters.
Junior Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) qualified for Sunday’s final in a pair of events as he finished fifth in the 100 meters in 10.99 seconds and fifth in the 200 in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 21.79 seconds.
Sophomore Alex Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) also qualified for a second day of action in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third in 54.47 seconds.
Midway through the decathlon, junior Anders Nordquist (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and freshman Renrick Pesce (Bristol, Conn.) are fourth and 10th, respectively, with point totals of 3293 and 3032.
On the women’s side, the Wildcats earned 66 points, placing them ahead of Boston University (39.50), the University at Albany (38.50), Binghamton (30), the University of Maine (19), the University of Hartford (15), the University of Vermont (11), Stony Brook University (11) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (24.50).
Lathrop won the hammer throw with an NCAA Regional-qualifying toss of 54.41 meters. Senior Erica Desroches (Stratham, N.H.) was third with a throw of 45.26 meters.
Stern continued her torrid stretch in the javelin, winning the title with an NCAA Regional-qualifying throw of 45.68 meters.
Maguire captured the 10,000-meter crown in her first try with an ECAC Championship-qualifying time of 37:32.65. The women also swept the top three spots as sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) placed second and third, respectively, with times of 37:56.29 and 38:06.73.
In the 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) and seniors Carolyn Durfee (Laconia, N.H.) and Elizabeth Morrissey (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) finished fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in times of 11:06.90, 11:30.25 and 11:35.15.
In the long jump, sophomores Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Meghan McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, with leaps of 5.44 and 5.36 meters.
At the midway point of the heptathlon, sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) is in the lead with 2745 points. Freshman Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine), sophomore Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and junior Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) are fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, with point totals of 2512, 2496 and 2446.
Junior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles, placing sixth and seventh, respectively, in times of 1:03.55 and 1:03.64. Ryan also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing seventh in 14.81 seconds.
Senior Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) and sophomore Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) advance to Sunday in the 400 meters as they finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in times of 57.28 and 58.26.
The America East Championships resume at 9 a.m. Sunday morning before concluding sometime in the early evening.