BOSTON – After finishing second overall at the 2006 America East Championships, the University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track and field team has been selected second in the America East Preseason Coaches Poll as announced on Tuesday.
    University at Albany was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2007 America East Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, according to a vote of the conference’s head coaches. The Great Danes received seven first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team), tallying 63 points. New Hampshire took two first-place votes in its second-place standing with 58 points.
    Boston University (43 points) came in at third, followed closely by Binghamton University (42 points) and UMBC (39 points). University of Maine (34), Stony Brook University (19), University of Vermont (18) and University of Hartford (8) rounded out the nine-team poll.
    Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) leads New Hampshire’s very strong junior class and returns as last season’s winner in the 800 and 1500-meter runs. Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) was second overall at the cross country conference championships in November and carried his success in the winter season as he looks to make a major impact in the 5000 and 10,000-meter runs. Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) hopes to repeat his win in the 3000-meter steeplechase as head coach Jim Boulanger’s distance crew could play a huge role in bringing home a conference championship in May.
    Sophomores Matt Begley (Brookeville, Md.) and Spencer Shaw (Hampton, N.H.) should post points in the pole vault and long jump respectively. Sophomore Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H.) and senior Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) both enter the spring meet as a formidable duo in the throwing events after a spectacular winter season in which both student-athletes notched points regularly. Senior Dave Doiron (Sanford, Maine) should earn multiple points in numerous events throughout the season and was sixth overall in last season’s decathlon.
    The Wildcats open the 2007 outdoor season at the University of Maine on Saturday (March 31) at 12 noon.

2007 Preseason Poll

1. Albany (7) 63
2. New Hampshire (2) 58
3. Boston U. 43
4. Binghamton 42
5. UMBC 39
6. Maine 34
7. Stony Brook 19
8. Vermont 18
9. Hartford 8
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