Men's Track and Field Places Fifth at America East Championships

Senior Mike Simon

BALTIMORE – Senior Mike Simon (Durham, Conn) and sophomore Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) each won individual titles as the University of New Hampshire men's track & field team placed fifth at the America East Championships on Saturday and Sunday at UMBC Stadium.

The Wildcats registered 91 points to finish behind Albany (204), Binghamton (171), Boston University (134), and UMBC (97.50), but ahead of Maine (66), Vermont (50.50), Hartford (37) and Stony Brook (5).

In an impressive feat, Simon captured his fourth-straight conference javelin title with a winning toss of 63.62m. Senior Matthew Pelchat (Lancaster, N.H.) and freshman Jesse Swink (Groton, Conn.) followed in fourth and eighth, respectively, with throws of 56.09m and 53.60m.

On Sunday, Guarente claimed the high jump with an IC4A-qualifying cleared height of 2.04m. Fellow sophomore Jason Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) finished fourth with a cleared height of 1.96m.

On Saturday, graduate student Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) took second in the hammer throw with a mark of 62.10m. Senior John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.) and sophomore Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) placed third and fourth, respectively, with IC4A-qualifying tosses of 56.85m and 55.14m.

On day one, junior Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) turned in a third-place finish in the 10,000m in a time of 31:24.03. DeCrescenzo also placed 11th in the 5,000m at 15:02.94.

Senior Anthony Vorachak (Lebanon, N.H.) registered a fourth-place finish in the decathlon with 6466 points.

Junior Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 14.47m. On Saturday, Hoddwells placed 11th in the long jump with a mark of 6.41m.

In the shot put, sophomore Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.), Dupuis and Randall finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, with tosses of 15.22m, 14.82m and 14.47m.

After qualifying on Saturday, graduate student Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and senior Joshua Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished eighth and 10th, respectively, in times of 3:57.56 and 3:59.24.

Junior Jacob McDougle (Walpole, N.H.), who also qualified on day one in the 800m, placed eighth in a time of 1:56.38.

On Saturday, senior John Donaghy (Sutton, N.H.) placed eighth in the pole vault with a cleared height of 4.35m.

Sophomore George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) turned in an eighth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 43.49m, while Randall was ninth at 42.77m.

On day two, the Wildcats' 4x800m relay team of junior William Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.), freshman Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.), Dinnan and Kearns finished fourth in an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:38.89, while the 4x400m relay team of freshmen Sheehan Michael (Durham, Conn.), Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Jacob Critelli (Southbury, Conn.), and Godfrey placed fifth in a time of 3:20.55.

The Wildcats return to action on May 12-13 when they compete at the New England Championships at Jess Dow Field in New Haven, Conn.

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