BOSTON - Graduate student Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) produced his third straight top-two conference finish in the weight throw to lead the University of New Hampshire men's indoor track and field team to a second-place finish on the first day of the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Track & Tennis Center.
With 41 points, the Wildcats trail the University at Albany (61), but lead Binghamton University (39), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (16), the University of Maine (15), Stony Brook University (15), the University of Vermont (6) and Boston University (2).
Kaste was one of five Wildcats to score points in the weight throw with a toss of 62 feet, 4.50 inches. Juniors Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) and John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.), freshman Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) and senior Matt Powers (Harpswell, Maine) placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, with throws of 56-2, 54-2, 53-6.25 and 53-1.
In the 5000 meters, seniors Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and Matt O'Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.), and sophomore Dan Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in times of 14 minutes, 44.84 seconds, 14:44.99 and 14:50.89.
The Wildcats' distance medley team placed sixth in a time of 10:14.20.
In preliminaries, senior Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) advanced to tomorrow's 200 meter final by placing second in 21.76 seconds.
Sophomores Sean Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Bill Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.) both qualified in the 500 meters, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in times of 1:04.13 and 1:03.94.
Junior Alex Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) grabbed a spot in tomorrow's 400 meter final with a ninth-place finish in 50.49 seconds.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday at the final day of the America East Championships right back at the Track & Tennis Center.