BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team scored 41 total team points and sits in third place after day one of the America East Championships at the Frank H. Livak Track & Field Facility on the campus of the University of Vermont.
Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) and sophomore Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) opened things up for the Wildcats by placing in the top four of the 3,000-meter steeplechase event. Prizzi took the top spot with a time of 9:06.44 and Wildgoose followed with a fourth-place finish (9:21.66).
Freshmen Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) and Christopher Poggi (Derry, N.H.) followed by taking the top two spots in the 800-meter preliminary race. Piazza snagged first place in 1 minute and 51.75 seconds, while Poggi followed in second with a time of 1:51.76.
Three more Wildcats placed in the 10,000-meter race. Sophomore Samuel Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) claimed third in 31:12.24, senior John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) followed in fourth place with a time of 31:19.02, and sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) earned eighth in 31:29.44.
The Wildcats also got a top-six finish from junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.). The junior sprinter scored a sixth-place finish in the preliminary race with a time of 48.86 seconds to qualify for Sunday's finals.
Hurdlers D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) and Ryan Maney (Reading, Mass.) took top-nine finishes in the 110-meter hurdles to qualify for Sunday's finals. McFadden earned the sixth spot with a time of 15.07 seconds, while Maney placed ninth in 15.43 seconds.
Sophomore Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.) and freshman Andrew McFarland (Nazareth, Pa.) also logged top-eight times in the 400-meter hurdles prelims. Mulcahy lead the way with a fifth-place performance (54.79 seconds) and McFarland earned eighth (55.86 seconds).
A pair of Wildcats also placed in the hammer throw event. Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) earned third place with a toss of 186 feet and 8 inches, while freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) posted a sixth-place finish with a measurement of 171-05.
The Wildcats continue competition in the America East Championships on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. For the latest news and information on the UNH men's track and field team, check out www.unhwildcats.com.