STORRS, Conn. --- The 31st edition of the annual Husky Run was held in windy and cold conditions Wednesday, but that didn't cool the enthusiasm of the Huskies for the run, which signifies the end of preseason conditioning and the start of preseason practice.
Senior center Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) led his teammates across the finish line of the 3.1-mile course around campus, finishing in 21:59. Six seconds behind strength & conditioning coach Travis Illian.
It was the second Husky Run victory for Brimah, who also topped the basketball players as a sophomore in 2014. He did not run in last year's race because of injury.
"I just came out here to try and show people that we've been working really hard and that I've gained weight, but it's not bad weight, it's good weight and I can still move well with it," Brimah said. "I don't go in much for bragging rights or anything, I just come out and perform. We've been doing this for years and it's just a way to start the season competitively. It's good to keep up the tradition."
"There was no way I was letting Coach beat me," Brimah said with a grin. "It's as simple as that."
"It's a great way to kick off the season," Gilbert said about his first Husky Run. "Everybody together, everybody finishing strong, it's very important."
The rest of the Huskies included (In order of finish): redshirt freshman Terry Larrier (Bronx, N.Y.) in 25:05, Restinel Lomotey (Branford, Conn.) in 25:07, senior Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) in 25:12, junior Christian Foxen (Rocky Hill, Conn.) in 25:41, assistant coach Dwayne Killings in 25:49, freshman Juwan Durham (Tampa, Fla.) in 28:55, freshman Mamadou Diarra (Queens, N.Y.) in 28:56, and freshman Christian Vital (Queens Village, N.Y.), who took a wrong turn, but went back to run the correct route and finished in 31:17. Sophomore Jalen Adams did not run because of hip soreness.
The Huskies will have their first formal practice of the 2016-17 season on Saturday morning. The first exhibition game is set for Oct. 30 against the University of New Haven in the XL Center. The second exhibition game will be against Southern Connecticut State University on Nov. 5 at Gampel Pavilion. The season opener against Wagner is Nov. 11 at Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m.