VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior Nick Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.), and sophomores Michael Simon (Durham, Conn.) and Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.), each won conference titles as the University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track & field team placed second at the America East Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Binghamton University’s East Gym Track Complex.
With 159.50 points, the Wildcats finished behind the University at Albany (243.33), but ahead of Binghamton (119.33), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (118.50), Boston University (81), the University of Vermont (57), the University of Maine (44.33), Stony Brook University (16) and the University of Hartford (15).
After the meet, the Wildcats’ coaching staff – led by head coach Jim Boulanger –won its seventh Outdoor Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year award, and 17th overall between cross country and indoor and outdoor track.
On day one, 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. Powers, Decrescenzo and Dinnan also finished fifth, eighth and 10th, respectively, in the 5000 meters on day two in times of 14:59.02, 15:09.72 and 15:29.83.
Simon won his second outdoor javelin title on the first day 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.
On Sunday, Paey, who was later named Field Athlete of the Meet, was victorious in the shot put, earning his second outdoor title in that event with an NCAA Regional-qualifying throw of 18.15 meters, which also set a new facility record. The Wildcats took three of the top five spots as seniors Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) and Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) finished third and fifth, respectively, with marks of 16.28 and 15.41 meters. Kaste’s mark was an IC4A qualifier.
Liset and Kaste also earned more points on the second day in the discus. Liset was second with an IC4A Championship-qualifying throw of 49.13 meters, while Kaste placed eighth with a mark of 41.45 meters.
In the hammer throw on day one, the Wildcats placed seven athletes in the top 10, including five in scoring positions. Kaste and Liset, 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 Paey 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 Saturday for the second consecutive year with a leap of 1.93 meters.
After qualifying on the first day, sophomore Alex Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) finished third in the 400-meter hurdles on day two in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 54.47 seconds.
Another day-one qualifier, junior Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.), finished fourth in the 100 meters in a time of 11.05 seconds. Brehm was also seventh in the 200 in 22.31 seconds.
Freshman Bill Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.) placed fourth in the 800 meters Sunday in a time of 1:52.93.
In the 1500 meters Sunday, senior Bobby Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) finished fifth in 3:53.48, while junior Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.) was ninth in 4:02.23.
Senior Marc Ouellette (Hopkinton, N.H.) finished fifth in the 3000-meter steeplechase on the first day in a time of 9:35.17.
Another senior, Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.), placed fifth in the long jump on day one 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 on day one.
In the decathlon, junior Anders Nordquist (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and freshman Renrick Pesce (Bristol, Conn.) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, with point totals of 5433 and 5341.
On day two, the Wildcats’ 4x100 team of Brehm, Shaw, sophomore Wesley Cotnoir (Auburn, N.H.) and Radlof placed fifth in an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 42.34 seconds. The 4x400 team of freshman Sean Mitchell (Concord, Calif.), Macleod, Godfrey and Brehm placed sixth in a time of 3:20.31, while the 4x800 team of Kearns, senior Cale Dubay (Caribou, Maine), sophomore Jacob McDougle (Walpole, N.H.) and Edgerton was sixth in 7:58.39.
The Wildcats return to action at the New England Championship on May 7-9 at the UMass Track & Field Complex.