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Men's track and field dominates UMaine

Published: Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

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 took first in the hammer throw with a mark of 171 feet, 5 inches followed by Jeff Kaste coming in second. Liset finished second in the discus throw behind senior Erik Lundquist, 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, who recorded a 49-8.25 mark.

Tristan Hall jumped 21-3.5 to win the long jump and teammate Spencer Shaw jumped 21-0 to earn second place, while Patrick Casey and Dave Doiron finished first and third in the high jump at 6-2.75 and 6-0.75, respectively. Winning the pole vault was Matt Begley at a height of 14-6 and David Dryer 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 and Rodolfo Crispin took first and second in 9 minutes, 53.11 seconds and 10:01.14, respectively. David Benedetto and Josh Turner 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 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 in third place.

Robert Edgerton and Brandon Williams took home first and third in the 800m at 1:52.39 and 1:55.62, respectively, and Ben Danton 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 in the 400m dash followed closely by Doug Mercer.

The women's track and field team also traveled to the University of Maine this past Saturday for its first outdoor meet of the 2006 season and the Wildcats came up short with 80 points while the Black Bears earned 108.

Regardless of the team loss, individuals competed well including Kiah Quarles, who finished first in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 8.75 inches and second in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.32 seconds) and the 200m dash (27.47). Also taking first place in her strongest event was Erin Moore, who threw 40-10.25 in the shot put while Erica DesRoches finished second at 39-0.5. Moore also earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw behind Chia-Ling Wu, who placed second with an effort of 161-10. Amanda Cmielewski finished fourth behind her teammates in the hammer throw, but won the javelin throw with a mark of 124-6.

Hillary Greene came home with a victory in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:3.86 and was followed by Elizabeth Morrissey. Sarah Hall was also victorious in the 100m dash with a time of 13.22. Jamie Bemis added points for the Wildcats by finishing second in the 400m dash (1:00.24) and fourth in the 200m dash (27.68), while teammate Angela Paul came in third in the 400m dash (1:02.14). Both the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay teams came in second place.

The men's and women's teams hope to be victorious at home this weekend when they host the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, April 8 starting at 12 p.m.

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