BOSTON, Mass. - Craig Lange (Manchester, N.H.) took first in the heptathlon and Steve Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) was first in the 3000m run as the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team finished fourth at the America East Championships held at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday.
Lange finished with 4,971 points, 122 points ahead of University at Albany's Fred Frese. Meinelt won the 3000m run with a time of 8:19.65.
Albany won the team championship with a score of 140.5 points. Northeastern University was second with 128.5 points, followed by Maryland Baltimore-County (117.5), Boston University (95), UNH (95), Binghamton University (86), University of Maine (84.5), Stony Brook University (30) and University of Hartford (1).
As a team, the Wildcats best performance came in the 5000m run where they took places two through six. Tim Perry (Bethel, Conn.) was second (14:56.59), followed by teammates Jeff Manley (Milton, Vt.), James Olsen (Londonderry, N.H.), Peter Hewins (Richboro, Pa.) and Andrew Van Hoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine). Dan Coval of Boston University won the event.
Other top finishers for the Wildcats were Taylor Scull (Bedford, N.H.) with a fifth in the 400m dash (49.30), Mark Goszytla (Londonderry, N.H.) with a fifth in the mile (4:21.02), Brandon Williams (Hooksett, N.H.) with a fourth in the 1000m run and David Ball (Orange, Vt.) with a second in the high jump (6-08.75).
The men return to action on Feb. 27 and 28 at the New England Track & Field Championships held at Boston University.