BOSTON — The University of New Hampshire men’s indoor track and field team posted three student-athletes on the America East Conference All-Academic Team for their achievements academically and athletically. The awards were announced on Thursday (February 22).
    The Wildcats registered the second most members named to the prestigious team as sophomores Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.), Douglas Mercer (Laconia, N.H.) and junior David Nayes (Eden Praire, Minn.) were all honored by the conference.
    Each All-Academic Team has been selected based on the student-athlete’s academic and athletic accomplishments. Academic achievement for consideration requires student-athletes to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. Athletic accomplishment standards vary between team sports and individual sports. For track & field, student-athletes are required to be a top-three finisher at the conference championship meet.
    As a team, the Wildcats recently placed second overall at the America East Championships Feb. 17. Leading the way for UNH was Jeff Kaste, who placed first overall in the weight throw (58-1) as he finished three feet ahead of the second place finisher. Douglas Mercer recorded ten points with a second place effort in the 500 meters (1:04.16) and contributed to another second place in the 4x400 meter relay. Senior David Nayes delivered a third place in the 800 meters (1:52.86) and helped lead the 4x800 relay team to a fourth place finish.
    The Wildcats will be back in action on Friday (Feb. 23) as they compete at the New England Championships in Boston.

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