DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team took first place in 11 of 17 events on its way to a 221-205 team victory over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at Paul Sweet Oval.
Seniors Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass) and Jake Renaud (Lancaster, N.H.), juniors John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.), and Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.), and sophomores Dylan Pelletier (Orford, N.H.) and Christopher DeCarlo (Derry, N.H.) each placed in multiple events to lead the way for UNH on the day.
Pelletier got it started for the Wildcats, claiming first place with a 6.72 time in the 55-meter dash. DeCarlo also placed in the event, timing in at 6.77 seconds to earn third place.
DeCarlo earned the second victory of the day for UNH in the 200-meter dash. The sophomore sprinter clocked in at 23.51 seconds to win the race. Teammate Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) finished behind DeCarlo for second place (23.59 seconds).
Souza senior Joseph Lemay (Derry, N.H.) also swept the top two spots in the 500-meter event. Souza finished in 1 minute and 8.05 seconds for first place and Lemay followed with a 1:09.52 time.
Morreti earned the fourth first-place for the Wildcats when he came up victorious in the 1000-meter race. The junior distance runner crosed the finish line in 2:31.74, just .15 seconds ahead of Holy Cross' Samuel McGrath. Freshman Jacob Kittredge (Amherst, N.H.) finished the event in fourth (2:39.83).
Prizzi and Morreti Followed the 1000-meter race by sweeping the top two spots in the 1-mile race. Prizzi claimed first place with a 4:17.56 performance, while Morreti earned a time of 4:18.94, 7.32 faster than the third-place finisher.
Sophomore Samuel Gagnon (Hookset, N.H.) claimed UNH's sixth event victory when he proved triumphant in the 3000-meter race. The sophomore registered a time of 8:35.92 to earn the top spot. Junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) took third place with a time of 8:44.95.
Sophomore D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H) and junior Daniel Johnson (Lancaster, N.H.) posted first and third place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles. McFadded timed in at 7.81 seconds to take first and Johnson posted a time of 8.14 seconds to finish third.
The next two events were won by the UNH 4x400 and 4x800 relay squads. The 4x400 group of DeCarlo, Mulcahy, Sheridan, and Lemay finished with a 3:32.76 time to defeat Holy Cross by 1.84 seconds. Souza, Prizzi, senior Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine), and senior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) made up the 4x800 relay team that took first place in 8:11.55.
Mulcahy followed up his victory with thee 4x800 relay with a win in the long jump event. The sophomore turned in a 20-foot 6.25-inch jump for first. Pelletier notched second with a 19-07.50 leap.
The Wildcats then took the top spots in the shot put. Renaud took first with a 45-10.75 mark and freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) earned second with a 44-04.75 measurement.
The duo also claimed first and third in the weight throw. This time Shanahan earned the victory with a 54-06.00 throw and Renaud (51-00.75) finished third.
The UNH men's track and field program returns to competition Friday, January 24 when it competes in the Joe Donahue Games at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. For the latest news and information tune in to www.unhwildcats.com