Men's indoor track and field takes third at America East championships

BOSTON-Four University of New Hampshire athletes took second place finishes at the America East championships, hosted by Boston University, to propel the men's indoor track team to a third place finish overall with a final score of 102. Northeastern University won the meet with 147 points and Albany took second with 146 points. UNH beat out several schools for third place including University of Maryland-Baltimore County (101.50), Binghamton (93.50), Boston University (77), Maine (64), Stony Brook (26), Hartford (16) and Vermont (7).

Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) placed high in two events to help the Wildcats over the two days of competition. Parker took second place in the 400-meter event with a time of 48.22 seconds. He also placed fourth in the 200-meter event, finishing in 22.03 seconds. Tony Truax (Dover, N.H.) continued his success in the long distance races. He also took second and fourth place finishes over the weekend. He was second in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:11.48 and fourth in the 3000-meter race, crossing the line in 8:30.78.

Fellow Wildcats placed in these same races. Bobby Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) placed fourth, two spots behind Truax in the 1-mile. In the 3000-meter event, Tim Perry (Bethel, Conn.) took fifth. Perry was even better in the 5000-meter event, taking home a second place finish with a time of 14:28.74.

Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was second in the high jump when he leaped for 1.98 meters. He was the only Wildcat to place high in the jump events.

Brandon Williams (Hooksett, N.H.) placed third in the 5000-meter in a time of 2:28.47. Two spots behind him was Edgerton who placed high again, taking a fifth place finish with a time of 2:29.49.

Also aiding the 'Cats with points was Craig Stucchi (Southborough, Mass.) who placed fifth in the weight throw event with a toss of 15.11 meters. The 800-meter event saw two Wildcats finish right behind each other. Evan Bercume (Spencer, Mass.) and William Smith (Hampstead, N.H.) placed fifth and sixth respectively with Bercume barely beating out his teammate by just two tenths of a second.

Both relay teams had successful runs. The 4x400 relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:21.51, while the 4x800 team did even better with a third place finish, finishing in 7:44.93.

Next up for the Wildcats are the New England championships, once again hosted by Boston University, for those athletes who qualify. The championships will be held next weekend February 25-26.

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