ORONO, Maine -- The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team captured first place in nine of the 19 events, but it was not enough as the squad dropped a dual meet to the University of Maine, 104-97, on Saturday at Maine.
Freshman sprinter Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) placed first in the 100-meter dash, 200m dash and was part of first-place finishes in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay team. Parker's times of 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 22.68 in the 200m gave UNH 10 of its 97 points. Also chipping in for the Wildcats were Andrew Bessolo (Groton, Mass.) and Erik Travis (Durham, N.H.). Both were legs on the 4x100m and 4x400m first-place relay teams. Bessolo finished second in the 400m run (51.87) and fourth in the 200m dash (23.68). Travis finished third in the 400m (52.05) and fifth in the 200m (24.03). David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) competed in both hurdle events. He finished first in the 110m (16.07) and second in the 400m (1:01.27).
Dave Doiron (Sanford, Maine) cleared 6 feet, 0 inches in the high jump to earn another first-place finish for UNH. He also finished second behind teammate Benedetto in the 110m hurdles (17.65). Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) captured first in the javelin with a throw of 48.43 meters.
The Wildcats captured the top three spots in the 3000m steeplechase. MacKenzie Kilpatrick (Concord, N.H.) captured first place with a time of 9 minutes 43.81 seconds. Nick Piatti (Hampton, N.H.) placed second (9:48.26) and Rodolfo Crispin (Clifton, N.J.) rounded out top finishers (9:59.03).
The men's track team is next in action on Saturday, April 10 as it hosts the Wildcat Invitational. The meet is set for a 12 p.m. start.