DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men and women’s outdoor track and field teams will compete at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 2-3 at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y. Events begin Saturday at 10 a.m.

This spring, the men and women’s teams were picked second in the preseason coaches’ poll, while both are coming off second-place finishes a year ago. The University at Albany men and Boston University women were picked as the preseason favorites to defend its titles from a year ago.

On the men’s side, expectations are once again high for senior throwers Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) and Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.), while sophomore thrower Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) should compete for the top spot in the shot put. Junior captain Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) paces the Wildcat attack on the track, while senior captain Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) will lead the UNH jumpers. Seniors Brent Powers (Remsen, N.Y.) and Nick DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) as well as junior Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) will pace the UNH distance pack. The Wildcats are hoping for a high finish in the 1500-meter from senior Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.). The high jump’s top-seed Patrick Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.) is expected end his career on a high note. While this year’s track group is predominantly upperclassmen, freshman William Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.) is one to watch in the 800-meter.

On the women’s team, senior captain Sarah Hall (Nottingham, N.H.) and sophomore Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) are expected to perform well after breaking their own school records last weekend at UMass in the 200-meter and triple jump, respectively. Quarles will compete in both track and field events, but is expected to make her biggest impact in the triple jump. Hall is a solid contender in multiple sprinting events. Junior thrower Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.) will lead the ‘Cats in the throws, while senior throwers Erica Desroches (Stratham, N.H.) and Sarah Crane (Londonderry, N.H.) hope to place in the shot put and discus, respectively. The duo of sophomore Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) and freshman Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) are expected to place in both the 7k and 10k. Moving over to the multi-events, juniors Kelly Thomas (Chichester, N.H.) and Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.), sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) and freshman Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) should fair well in their respective events. Junior Tayla Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) should place high in the 55-meter hurdles, while sophomore Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) gives UNH its best shot in the 800 meter.

The Wildcat outdoor track & field teams have fared well in numerous events leading into this weekend’s America East championship including a pair of meets at home this spring. Most recently, both teams placed second at the UMass Spring Meet last weekend in Amherst, Mass.

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