DURHAM, N.H. – Juniors Michael Simon (Durham, Conn.) and Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) each won individual titles to lead the University of New Hampshire men's outdoor track & field team to a first-place finish after day one of the America East Championships on May 1 at UNH's Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility.
The Wildcats finished with 81 points to place ahead of the University at Albany (50), Binghamton University (48), the University of Maine (26), the University of Vermont (24), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (19), Boston University (15) and Stony Brook University (9).
Simon captured his third straight outdoor javelin title, winning on his final throw with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 60.77 meters. Simon passed senior Chris Morgan (Goffstown, N.H.), who finished second with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 59.18m. Senior Frank Radlof (Milford, N.H.) and junior Matt Pelchat (Lancaster, N.H.) were fourth and fifth, respectively, with marks of 56.86m and 55.45m.
DeTurk won the hammer throw with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 61.97m. Graduate student Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) placed second at 59.62m, which was an IC4A qualifier. Junior John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.) and freshman Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) finished fourth and seventh, respectively, with marks of 53.68m and 48.86m. Randall's mark was an IC4A qualifier.
Senior Wes Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) placed second in the 10,000m in a time of 31:17.39. Sophomore Dan Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) was seventh at 32:01.92.
Junior John Donaghy (Sutton, N.H.) placed fourth in the pole vault as he cleared a height of 4.35m.
Radlof also placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 6.92m.
After four events of the decathlon, senior Anders Nordquist (Wolfeboro, N.H.) is in third place with 3,456 points
The Wildcats return to action at day two of the America East Championships on Sunday, May 2 at 9 a.m.