BOSTON, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team sits tied for sixth place after day one of the New England Track and Field Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
The Wildcats posted 10 points on day one and sit 32 points behind Northeastern University for first place.
Junior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) and sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) started things off by placing in the top-five of the 5,000-meter race for UNH. Moretti took fourth with a time of 14-minutes and 46.37-seconds and McCarthy claimed fifth in 14:50.36. The pair earned nine total points for the Wildcats.
Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) posted the other point for UNH on the day, taking eighth in the weight throw event. Jumpp logged a measurement of 57-feet and 05.75-inches to earn eighth.
Freshman Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.) earned a first-place finish in the 1,000-meter preliminary event. Poggi posted a time of 2:26.92 to qualify for the finals on Saturday.
Classmate Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) earned a top-eight finish for UNH in the 800-meter prelims. Piazza posted fifth in the event with a time of 1:52.83 to qualify for Saturday's finals.
Three Wildcats posted top-12 times in the 500-meter dash to earn qualification for Saturday's finals. Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.), Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.), and Tanner Kent (Amherst, N.H.) all each posted sub-1:06 times to qualify for the finals. Souza notched a time of 1:04.61, Mulcahy finished in 1:05.63, and Kent notched a time of 1:05.95.
Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) earned qualification for the 400-meter dash finals with a 12th place finish in the race on Friday. Penn logged a time of 49.29 seconds to take 12th.
Sophomore D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) claimed the final qualification for UNH. McFadden posted a ninth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.44-seconds to advance to Saturday's final.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday afternoon for the conclusion of the New England Regional Championships. For the latest news and information on the UNH track and field program, tune into www.unhwildcats.com.