CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Wednesday that both the University of New Hampshire men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams were chosen second in the preseason coaches’ poll.
The men, who received one first-place vote and 55 total points, trailed only Albany with 64 points. Binghamton was picked third with 51 points, while UMBC (39 points) narrowly edged out Boston University (38 points) for the fourth-place spot. Rounding out the league was Stony Brook (27 points), Maine (23 points), Vermont (19 points) and Hartford (8 points).
The men are ranked one spot higher than their third-place finish from a year ago. The 2008 Most Outstanding Track Performer, senior Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.), who won the mile and 1,000-meter events last year, will return to defend his titles. The Wildcats only graduated one athlete from their first-place finishing 4x400 relay team and are returning key members in sophomore Gabe Dano (Merrimack, N.H.) and junior William Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.).
The women, who also received one first-place vote and garnered 56 total points, trailed Boston University with 64 points. Albany was third with 50 points, while fourth through seventh place were only separated by four total points. Maine earned fourth (34 points), Binghamton fifth (33), Stony Brook sixth (31) and UMBC seventh (30). Vermont (18) was eighth and Hartford (8) was picked ninth.
The women return last year’s Most Outstanding Rookie in sophomore Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) after her impressive first-place time of one minute, 15.40 seconds in the 500 meters. Also returning is junior captain Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.), who won the pole vault with a 3.6-meter jump and went on to earn fifth at the ECAC Championship with a leap of 3.85 meters.
Both squads kick off their seasons Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Northeastern Husky Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center.