DURHAM, N.H. -- David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.) won both the 110-meter and 400m hurdles to account for two of eight first-place finishes recorded by the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team at Saturday's UNH Wildcat Invitational I that was held at Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility.
UNH also finished as runner-up in six other events to give the Wildcats first or second place in 14 of the 19 events.
Benedetto began his day of competition by winning the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.02 seconds and later took first place in the 400m hurdles by crossing the finish line in 55.94. The 'Cats took three of the top five places in the 400m hurdles as Benedetto was followed by Joshua Turner (Rochester, N.H.) in second place at 57.47 and Daniel Randlett (Exeter, N.H.) in fifth at 59.47.
New Hampshire recorded four first-place efforts in field events. A strong throws contingent was led by winning efforts from Erik Lundquist (Londonderry, N.H.) in the discus with a distance of 44.87 meters and Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) at 51.97m in the hammer. Joshua Edwards (Pelham, N.H.), who took fifth place in the discus at 37.74m, led four 'Cats in the top six of the shot put with a throw of 14.91m, which was the second-best throw at the meet. Lundquist placed fourth at 14.15m and was followed by teammates Liset (13.80m) and Jeffrey Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.; 13.60m), who also finished fourth in the hammer at 44.67m. In the javelin, Trevor Messineo placed fourth with an effort of 43.01m and Richard Guilmette (E. Stroudsburg, Pa.) placed sixth at 40.55m.
UNH's other two first-place field performances were recorded by Matthew Begley (Brookeville, Md.) in the pole vault and Patrick Casey (So. Yarmouth, Mass.) in the high jump. Begley cleared a height of 4.41m while Casey topped the field with an effort of 1.93m.
Back on the track, Brandon Williams (Hooksett, N.H.) and Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) took top honors. Williams was clocked in 1:54.10 to capture the 800m and Horwitz recorded the fastest time of 9:36.25 in the 3000m steeplechase. The 'Cats also took second and fourth place in the steeplechase on efforts by Rodolfo Crispin (Clifton, N.J.; 9:59.43) and Nicholas Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.; 10:28.89). Benjamin Danton (New Milford, Conn.) had a top-six effort in the 800m as he finished fourth with a time of 1:55.45.