DURHAM, N.H. -- Timothy Perry (Bethel, Conn.) won the 5000-meter run, Mackenzie Kilpatrick (Concord, N.H.) bested the field in the 3000m steeplechase and David Ball (Orange, Vt.) captured first place in the high jump to lead the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team to Saturday afternoon's first-place finish at the UNH Wildcat Invitational, which was held at the Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility.
UNH amassed 190 points to win the six-team event. Maine placed second with 173 points and was followed by Connecticut (127 points), Boston College (121), Central Connecticut State (95) and Houghton College (5).
Kilpatrick, with a winning time of 9 minutes, 34.65 seconds, was one of five Wildcats who earned points in the 3000m steeplechase. Tony Truax (Dover, N.H.) placed third in 9:38.41 and was followed by Nathan Leveille (Atkinson, N.H.; 10:09.32) in fifth, Nicholas Jenkins (N. Francestown, N.H.; 10:24.09) in seventh and James Olsen (Londonderry, N.H.; 10:26.84) in eighth.
Ball led three 'Cats in the high jump by clearing a height of 6-feet, 7-inches. David Doiron (Sanford, Maine; 5-10) earned fourth place and David DeVoy (Sanbornton, N.H.; 5-10) placed fifth.
New Hampshire also placed three athletes in the pole vault, long jump and discus. The 'Cats finished 3-4-5 in the long jump behind the efforts of Shin Horuichi (6.05-meters), David Ciasulli (Hampton, N.H.; 6.03m) and Ethan Gato (S. Portland, Maine; 5.95m). Robert Whitten (Farmington, Maine) cleared 4.05m in the pole vault to earn fourth place, while teammates Van Truong (Shrewsbury, Mass.; 4.05m) finished fifth and Doiron was seventh at 3.60m. In the discus, Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded the third-best throw of the day at 41.16m. Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.; 38.96m) followed in fourth and Joshua Edwards (33.02m) was eighth.
Doiron pointed in a third event as his distance of 12.28m earned sixth place in the triple jump, while Edwards and Lundquist finished second and third, respectively, at 13.37m and 13.59 in the shot put. Craig Stucchi (Southborough, Mass.) was edged by .42-meters in the hammer throw as his distance of 51.15 was the second-best effort of the day.
Craig Lange (Manchester, N.H.) also earned points in three events. He placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 152-feet, 6-inches, then on the track he was third in the 200m (22.83 seconds) and seventh in the 110m high hurdles (15.93).
The Wildcats fared well in the sprints. In addition to Lange, Travis Parker took second place in the 200m with a time of 22.65 and Shane Hall was seventh in 23.47. Parker also led UNH in the 100m as he was the third runner to cross the finish line in the 100m with a time of 11.22. Ciasulli followed closely at 11.23, while Hall took sixth in 11.42 and Horuichi was eighth in 11.49.
David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) placed in both hurdle events, as he was fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.66 and a 1:02.75 clocking earned eighth in the 400m hurdles. In other notable performances, Brandon Williams (Hooksett, N.H.) placed second in the 800m with a time of 1:56.04, Andrew Bessolo (Groton, Mass.; 52.34) and William Smith (Hampstead, N.H.; 52.66) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400m, Robert Stiles (2:00.37) was eighth in the 800m and Andrew Lawson (Holland Patent, N.Y.; 15:32.77) took seventh in the 5000m.
UNH returns to action April 17 with a home meet against Dartmouth and Quinnipiac.
Note: complete meet results can be found online at www.lancertiming.com