Worcester, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team finished the four team meet hosted by the College of the Holy Cross with 176 points, just behind the host team that accumulated 177 points and the University of Rhode Island, whose 229 points took top billing.
The Wildcats finished the meet with five first place finishes. In the 110 meter hurdles, Jason Marshall (Piscataway, N.J.) was fastest with a time of 15.16 seconds, and just nine hundredths behind Marshall was teammate John Barry (Nashua, N.H.), who clocked in at 15.25. The pair also competed in the 400m hurdles, and this time Marshall finished second with a time of 56.00 and Barry's time of 58.87 placed him fourth.
In the 3,000m steeplechase, the Wildcats dominated, taking home three of the top four spots. Dan Hocking (Merrimack, N.H.) won the event in 9:51.89, Ben Strain (Barrington, R.I.) finished with a third place time of 10:10.59, while Ben Tobin (West Hartford, Conn.) finished fourth (10:31.94).
In the pole vault, Jared Burke (Salem, N.H.) took home first place honors with his vault of 14'06.00" and fellow Wildcat Greg Hillson (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with a height of 13'06.00" to place fourth. Hillson also took home a second place finish in the high jump with a height of 6'02.00". Burke also took home a fourth place in the triple jump with a 40'01.25" effort. Paul Thompson (Portland, ME) won the event with his 41'05.75" leap.
Tim Lyons (Wakefield, Mass.) won the javelin title with a 203'01.00" toss and earned a second place finish in the hammer throw (175'07.00"). Lyons' teammate Andrew Thompson (Freedom, N.H.) finished fourth in the same event with a 160'02.00" throw.
Other noteworthy performances were turned in by Kyle Schneck (Concord, N.H.), who finished the 800m in 1:57.83 good enough for second place. Ryan Raymond (Loudon, N.H.) finished the 1,500m in fourth place with a finishing time of 4:07.33, less than three seconds out of first place. Joil Bergeron (Keene, N.H.) took home second place in the discus with his throw of 154'07.00". In the long jump, Wildcat John Teator (Cheshire, Conn.) leaped 18'03.75" placing him third, and Mike Wells (Dover, N.H.) finished fourth in the shot put with a 46'08.75" effort.
The next action on the Wildcat schedule is the Drake Relays on April 27-29 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.