CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire men's outdoor track & field team was picked to finish fourth in the 2012 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.
The Wildcats collected 41 total points, while seven-time defending champion University of Albany received eight of nine first-place votes, and totaled 64 points, to solidify the top spot. Boston U. claimed the remaining first-place vote and totaled 56 total points for the second spot, while Binghamton (50), UMBC (39), the University of Maine (29), Stony Brook University (18), the University of Vermont (17), and the University of Hartford (10) round out the nine-team poll.
UNH finished fifth at last year's outdoor championships and will look to a strong veteran group this spring after losing two all-conference performers from last season's team. Senior Brice Paey (Milton, N.H./St. Thomas) returns to outdoor action after red-shirting 2011 and appears to be in good form after claiming the 2012 indoor shot put title this past winter. Senior distance runner Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn./New Milford), who took third in the 10,000-meter run, and junior Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass/Saugus), the reigning outdoor high jump champion, will look to pick up right where they left off last season. UNH will also look to the emergence of freshman D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H./Merrimack Valley), who has made an immediate impact for the Wildcats after he took silver in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor conference championships.
The Wildcats open the 2012 campaign on Saturday, March 31st when they take on the University of Maine at the Beckett Track & Field Complex in Orono, Maine.
2012 AE Preseason Poll