BOSTON – Seniors Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.), Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.), Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) and Pat Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.), as well as juniors Will Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) and Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.) and the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams all turned in second-place showings to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s indoor track and field team to a second-place finish at the 33-team New England Championships on Friday and Saturday at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
The Wildcats finished with 90 points and trailed only the University of Connecticut (128.50).
Jenkins finished second in the 1,000 meters in a time of two minutes, 27.00 seconds, just 18-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
Shaw continued his great month with a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 7.25 inches, just two inches behind the winner.
Kaste placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 59-7.50.
Casey was second in the high jump with a leap of 6-6.25, just two inches shy of the winning mark.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Brehm, sophomore Alex Macleod (East Longmeadown, Mass.) and freshmen Sean Mitchell (Concord, Calif.) and William Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.) placed second in the 27-team field in a time of 3:15.94. The 4x800 team of Jenkins, Kearns, sophomore Jacob McDougle (Walpole, N.H.) and senior Cale Dubay (Caribou, Maine) was also second in the 23-team field in 7:38.98, just 47-hundredths of a second off the winning pace.
Brehm finished second in the 200 meters in 21.92 seconds, 51-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
Kearns was second in the mile in 4:07.43, only two-hundredths of a second behind the champion.
Mitchell submitted a third-place showing of his own in the 500 meters, finishing in 1:04.47.
Senior Marc Ouellette (Hopkinton, N.H.) finished third in the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:25.90. Freshman Alex Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H.) was 14th at 8:44.80.
Godfrey placed eighth in the 800 meters in a time of 1:51.15.
In the shot put, sophomore Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) and Kaste finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with throws of 52-9.25 and 51-9.75. Senior Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) was 11th with a mark of 49-7.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 7 at the ECAC Championships at Northeastern's Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The meet concludes Sunday, March 8.