Boston, Mass. --- The University of New Hampshire Wildcat men's track and field team finished second in the America East Championships on Saturday. The Wildcats finished with 114.5 points, behind champion Northeastern University (128.5), and just ahead of third place Delaware who finished with 104 points.
Coach Jim Boulanger’s squad had another balanced effort in both the track and field events. In the weight throw UNH finished third , fourth and fifth. They were led by Tim Lyons (Wakefield, Mass.), whose effort of 58 feet and one-half inch placed him in front of teammates Andrew Thompson (Portland, Maine) (54’7.5") and Chad Weathers (Conway, N.H.) (53’ 7.75"). Lyons also finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 49’ 9.25". In the long jump Kamau Peterson (Windsor, Ont.) finished second by leaping 21’ 9.50". Peterson was also strong enough to place in the triple jump, his effort of 46’ 3.50" placing him firmly in second. UNH’s Jamison Whiting (Salem, N.H.), Jared Burke (Salem, N.H.) and Chad Grover (Waterville, Maine) dominated the pole vault event finishing first , second and fourth respectively. Whiting won the event with a conference-record height of 16’ 4.75". Burke’s 15’5.50" placed him in a tie for second, and 13’ 5.75" was good enough to place Grover fourth. The Wildcats’ Mike Wells (Salem, N.H.) had a strong effort in the shot put, his throw of 47’ 4.50" placed him third.
The Wildcats balenced effort on the track was led by Kyle Schneck (Concord,N.H.) whose time of 4:08.14 in the one mile run was a winning time. Just two seconds behind Schneck was teammate Kevin Horgan (Ashburnham, Mass.), who finished third (4:10.18). Schneck also finished the 800 meters in 1:52.43 placing him second. John Barry’s (Nashua, N.H.) time of 7.70 helped him claim the conference title in the 55 meter high hurdles. In the 5000 meters Matt Barnard (Hebron, N.H.) finished fourth in 15:02.21. Ryan Raymond (Loudon, N.H.) ran the 3000 meters in 8:32.44 finishing in third place.
New Hampshire will next compete at the New England Championships on Feb, 25-26.