CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire men’s track and field team was selected to finished second at the 2008 America East Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship according to a vote by the conference’s head coaches.
New Hampshire grabbed two first-place votes as it tallied a total of 55 points. The University of Albany was selected as the preseason favorite to win the event as it received seven first-place votes, tallying 63 points.
Seniors Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.), Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.), Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and Matt Begley (Brookeville, Md.), who provided key contributions to the team last year, look to lead the Wildcats this season.
Reed Liset (Dover, N.H.) helped the Wildcats compile 154 points to capture a second-place finish at the event last year’s America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Liset compiled two individual victories in both the hammer throw (184-6) and shattered his personal record in the discus (173-1), besting his own school record. For his efforts, Liset was named America East Field Performer of the Meet.
The Wildcats posted a strong showing in all field events, most notably in the throws. Chris Morgan delivered a third-place finish in the javelin (190-11) and Josh Edwards (Pelham, N.H.) finished third in the shot put (47-9). In the jumps, UNH was led by Spencer Shaw’s (Hampton, N.H.) fifth-place effort in the long jump (22-8) and Patrick Casey (So. Yarmouth, Mass.) placed second in the high jump (6-6).
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. when they host the Wildcat Invitational I at Reggie F. Atkins Track. The 2008 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at University of Maine from May 3-4.