BOSTON -- Led by event champions Tristan Hall, James Myles and David Nayes, the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team recorded 26 top-10 finishes at the New Balance Winter Carnival, which was held at Northeastern University's Reggie Lewis Center on Dec. 3.
Hall led a 1-2 Wildcat finish in the long jump with a winning distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches to edge out Myles, who recorded a jump of 22-1.50. Myles' first-place finish was in the 55-meter hurdles, in which he ran the fastest qualifying time in the field of 34 runners and crossed the finish line first in the finals with a time of 7.76 seconds. Myles also took second place in the 200m with a time of 22.47.
Nayes recorded the fastest time of 25 runners in the 1,000m in 2:35.30.
In other field events, the 'Cats finished 4-5 in the triple jump. Hall's effort of 42-7 placed fourth and he was followed by Shame Casimiro. UNH also had a pair of top-10 performances in both the shot put and pole vault. Joshua Edwards took sixth place in the shot put at 48-4.75 and Erik Lundquist was eighth with a throw of 46-11.75. Matthew Begley tied for sixth in the pole vault by clearing 13-5.75 while David Dreyer took 10th place at 12-11.75. Reed Liset recorded the Wildcats' other top-10 finish with an effort of 49-6.50 in the weight throw for sixth.
In the 200m, Myles was followed closely by teammate Travis Parker, who finished third at 22.77. Parker also ran well in the 400m to place third with a time of 49.83.
Other top finishers in sprinting events were David Benedetto, Erik Travis and Ben Stein. Benedetto's time of 50.67 placed sixth in the 400m. Travis, clocked in 1:06.72, took fifth place in the 500m while Stein recorded the seventh-fastest time in the event at 1:07.56.
Andy Van Hoogenstyn was one of three top-10 'Cats in the 1-mile run. In fourth place at 4:24.17, he was followed by Brandon Williams (sixth; 4:26.28) and Brian Hinchee (10th; 4:28.40). New Hampshire also placed three runners in the top 10 in the 1,000m. In addition to Nayes, Erich Fiedler (eighth; 2:38.21) and Jesse Kearns (10th; 2:39.74) were among the top finishers.
The Wildcats also had a pair of strong efforts in the 3,000m. Matthew Russell was third-fastest in the event with a time of 8:38.32 and Jordan Horwitz crossed the finish line fourth in 8:39.79.
Begley, Benedetto, Myles and Spencer Shaw combined to run a time of 3:22.36 in the 4x400 relay to take third place.
UNH returns to action Dec. 10 at the University of Maine. The Wildcats' home opener is scheduled for Jan. 21 vs. Massachusetts and Holy Cross.