WORCESTER, Mass. - Behind event wins by Tristan Hall (Londonderry, N.H.), Josh Turner (Rochester, N.H.) and Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.), the University of New Hampshire men's outdoor track and field team took second place out of five teams at Holy Cross on Tuesday. UNH was edged out by Rhode Island 193-161 and finished ahead of Holy Cross (115), Worcester State (59) and Quinnipiac (45).
Hall leaped to victory in the triple jump event. His jump of 13.45 meters bested the competition. Turner turned in a good performance in the hurdle events. He won the 400-meter hurdles in 55.44 seconds. He also took sixth place in the 110-meter hurdles to add points to the Wildcats' score. Russell legged out a win in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:30.45. Finishing two places behind him was Nick Jenkins (Peterborough, N.H.) for third place.
Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.), Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) and David Ciasulli (Hampton, N.H.) all placed in multiple events on Tuesday. Edwards took third place in both the discus and shot put events, throwing for 13.62 meters in the shot put. Liset narrowly beat Edwards in the discus for a second-place finish as his throw of 42.84 meters was better by only .02. He also placed fifth in the shot put. Ciasulli finished fifth in the 200-meter dash before beating teammate Maurice Duper (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) in the long jump. His jump of 6.74 meters beat out Duper's 6.62. Craig Stucchi (Southborough, Mass.) was fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.67 meters.
The 1500-meter event saw Wildcats finish second and third. Robert Stiles (Southbury, Conn.) edged David Nayes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) by a little more than five seconds. In another long distance race, Ben Danton (New Milford, Conn.) took second place in the 5000 with a time of 15:29.42. Andrew Van Hoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine) placed fifth in the event.
Tyler Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) took second place in the high jump, clearing 1.92 meters. David Devoy (Sanbornton, N.H.) was three places behind him for a fifth-place finish. In the pole vault, Matt Begley (Brookville, Md.) finished third, just ahead of Robert Whitten (Farmington, Maine).
The sprinters also had a successful day. David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) took fourth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.26 seconds and finished just ahead of R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.). Taylor Scull (Bedford, N.H.) took third in the 400-meter race in 49.69 seconds. Jon Vandale (Shelburn Falls, Mass.) took fifth in the event.
Select Wildcats are back on the track tomorrow and Thursday, April 27 and 28, when they compete at the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. The remainder of the team will travel to the UConn Invitational on Saturday, April 30 for a meet starting at noon.