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Huskies take Top-Northeast Ranking to New England Championships

Feb. 1, 2018

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New England Championship Information & Results

STORRS, Conn.
– For the first time since 2013, the UConn men’s track & field team are preparing to compete at the 2018 Indoor New England 50th Championship meet.  The Huskies will head up to Boston this weekend for the annual two-day event, being held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center.

The Huskies head into the weekend sitting atop the USTFCCCA NCAA Regional rankings for the Northeast region, which bodes well for UConn’s chances at the regional meet.  Historically, the Huskies have dominated at the New England Championship, winning it for the eighth-straight time the last time they competed at the 2013 meet.  In fact, the Huskies have won the New England title 22 times overall and won 19 of 20 New England Championship meets from 1994 through 2013. 

“We are excited about the New England Championships because you know it’s your neighborhood,” stated had coach Greg Roy.  “Northeastern is very good this year, Rhode Island is loaded and those guys will not back down.  We have got virtually everyone on our team into the meet and will have lots of opportunities to score points this weekend.”

In the long jump and triple jump, UConn junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) is seeded first with the top distances recorded this season in the region.  Snead’s lead of 25’2” (7.67m) in the long jump at the UConn Multi-Event Challenge still ranks as the best distance in the American this season.  In the triple, he also ranks top in the AAC with a jump of 51’11.75” at the BU Season Opener.

Freshman Safir Scott Sr. (Greenwich, Conn.) is seeded third in the high jump with his season-best height of 6’9.75” was recorded at the BU meet in December.  In the pole vault, junior Ian Bergere (Madison, Conn.) is seeded second heading into the weekend and rookie Samuel Rusak (Scarborough, Maine) is fifth.  Bergere had his best vault of the season at last weekend’s Columbia Challenge, clearing the bar at 16’4.75”.  Rusak had his best performance at the UConn Multi-Event, posting a 15’9”.

In the shot put, freshman Matthew Brady (Biddeford, Maine) is seeded fourth and classmate Todd Stueber (Toms River, N.J.) is seventh.  While in the weight throw, junior Sebastian Castano (Crestkill, N.J.) is seeded sixth and freshman Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), eighth.  Castano has the fourth best throw in the conference this season, registering a 60’8.5” (18.5m) at last weekend’s meet.

Senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) is seeded second in the 200 meters after posting a time of 21.83 seconds at last weekend’s meet.  Freshmen Terrell Cunningham (Danbury, Conn.) and Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) are also seeded second in the 500 meters and 800 meters, respectively.  Gleen has the top time in the AAC this season in the 800 this season with a 1:54.73 at the BU meet.

In the distance events, senior Michael O’Donnell (Methune, Mass.) is the top-seed in the 3000 meters.  His time of 8:12.97 came at the Great Dane Classic and is the third fastest in the AAC this year.  In the mile, junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) are seeded fourth and fifth.  Garmon will compete in three events on the weekend, running the mile, the 800 leg of the distance medley and on the 4x800 relay.

In the 5,000 meters, five Huskies are seeded in the top-10 led by junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.).  Sophomore Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) is seeded second and senior Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.) is third.  The trio own the second, third and fifth fastest times in the event in the AAC this season.

“This will be a great test for a very, very young team,” commented Roy.  “And then from there, we move on to getting ready for the conference championship.”

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