DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team scored 123 total team points on its way to a second place finish at the UNH Wildcat Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the Reggie F. Atkins Track.
The Wildcats' 123 points trailed the University of Maine, which scored 152 points. Dartmouth College finished in third place with 113 points. Bowdoin College, Fitchburg State Unversity, Babson University, Southern New Hampshire University, Colby Sawyer College, New England College, and Bently University also participated in the meet.
Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) placed in a pair of events to lead the way for the Wildcats. Penn opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash. The junior logged a time of 48.93 seconds to finish .32 seconds ahead of freshman Christopher Poggi (Derry, N.H.), who took second place.
Penn followed with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 22.90 seconds. Classmate Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) also placed in the event, earning fourth place (22.89 seconds).
Junior John Prizzi (Wyckof, N.J.) and sophomore Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) scored two of the top-three spots in the 5,000-meter race. Prizzi took first place, logging a time of 14:36.18, while Wildgoose earned third (15:09.47).
Two more Wildcats placed the in the 10,000-meter race. Sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) placed first, timing in at 32:00.30, and senior John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) earned third, posting a time of 32:26.61.
Sophomore D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) followed with a pair of top-three finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles events. McFadden started things off by taking first in the 110-meter hurdles, posting a time of 14.86 seconds. Freshman Ryan Maney (Readng, Mass.) followed with in third place (15.83 seconds).
McFadden then claimed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.32 seconds. Sophomore Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.) earned first in the event, posting a time of 56.32 seconds.
Freshman Robert Biro (Rockaway, N.J.) followed by taking a victory in the 3,000-meter race. Biro scored the win with a time of 9:59.22 to finish over seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
UNH got a pair of second-place finishes from both of its relay teams. The 4x100-meter squad of Christopher Decarlo (Derry, N.H.), Maney, McFadden, and Sheridan logged a time of 43.26 seconds to earn second, while the 4x400 team of McFadden, Sheridan, Ross Hardy (North Andover, Mass.), and Mulcahy notched a time of 3:24.45 to place second.
The Wildcats also fared well in field events on the afternoon. Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) got things started for UNH with a victory in the hammer throw. Jumpp logged a personal-best mark of 188 feet and 3 inches to take first, while classmate Jake Renaud (Lancaster, N.H.) placed sixth with a toss of 163-09.
Junior Duncan Cromwell (North Conway, N.H.) also snagged a first-place finish for the Wildcats in field events. Cromwell took first place in the pole vault when he measured a vault of 13-02.25.
The men's track and field team returns to action on Saturday, April 19th when it travels Stony Brook University for the Stony Brook Invitational. For the latest news and information on the UNH track and field program, check out www.unhwildcats.com.