ORONO, Maine - The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team dominated the competition against the University of Maine as the Wildcats won the meet, 110.5-90.5, in a dual meet held at Maine's Beckett Family Track Complex on April 1.
The Wildcats nearly swept the field events, placing first in every event except the javelin throw. Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) took first in the hammer throw with a mark of 171 feet, 5 inches followed by Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) coming in second. Liset finished second in the discus throw behind senior Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.), who threw 145-6 to win the event. Lundquist also added points for the team by finishing third in the shot put behind first place winner Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.), who recorded a 49-8.25 mark.
Tristan Hall (Londonderry, N.H.) jumped 21-3.5 to win the long jump and teammate Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) jumped 21-0 to earn second place, while Patrick Casey (South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Dave Doiron (Sanford, Maine) finished first and third in the high jump at 6-2.75 and 6-0.75, respectively. Winning the pole vault was Matt Begley (Brookeville, Md.) at a height of 14-6 and David Dryer (LeRoy, N.Y.) finished third at 12-11.75.
The Wildcats also ran extremely well and won a majority of the track events. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, Matt O'Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) and Rodolfo Crispin (Clifton, N.J.) took first and second in 9 minutes, 53.11 seconds and 10:01.14, respectively. David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) and Josh Turner (Rochester, N.H.) duplicated that feat in the 400m hurdles with times of 56.66 and 56.96. Benedetto also took first place in the 110m hurdles (15.14) and teammate Travis Parker (Fairfax, Va.) won the 200m dash (22.83). Parker anchored the 4x100m relay team to a first place victory and he finished second in the 100m dash, followed by James Myles (Merrimack, N.H.) in third place.
Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) and Brandon Williams (Hooksett, N.H.) took home first and third in the 800m at 1:52.39 and 1:55.62, respectively, and Ben Danton (New Milford, Conn.) took home second in the 5000m run with a time of 15:23.16. Also finishing second was the 4x400m relay team and Ben Stein (Canton, Mass.) in the 400m dash followed closely by Doug Mercer (Laconia, N.H.).
The men's team hopes to continue its outdoor success at its home meet this Saturday, April 8 at the Wildcat Invitational, starting at 12pm.