CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire men's indoor track & field team was picked to finish fifth in the 2011 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.
The Wildcats tallied 38 total points, while six-time defending champion University at Albany collected eight of nine first place votes, and 64 total, to capture the top spot. Boston U. claimed the remaining first-place vote and totaled 54 points for the second spot, while Binghamton University (50), UMBC (41), the University of Maine (30), the University of Vermont (24), Stony Brook University (15), and the University of Hartford (8) round out the nine-team poll.
UNH finished fifth at the last year's indoor championships and will look to a veteran group of experienced performers this season, including juniors Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) and Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) in the field, and senior Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) on the track. Guarente won the high jump title last season and finished third in 2010, while Lyle is poised for a pair of potential throwing titles after he finished second and fourth in the weight throw and shot put events, respectively, at last year's championships. DeCrescenzo posted a strong performance in the 2011 indoor championships, finishing second in the 5,000-meter run.
The Wildcats open the 2011-12 campaign on Saturday, Dec. 3 when they take part in the Jay Carisella Carnival at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.