Jan. 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The 2013 University of Connecticut Men’s Track and Field team began their outdoor campaign this Saturday as they faced off against the Southern Connecticut Owls at the UConn Winter Invite. UConn was victorious on the day tallying ten first place finishes and a final score of 83-21, handily defeating Southern Connecticut.
The Huskies took an early lead in the afternoon’s first event as senior Joshua Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) captured first place in the weight throw with a toss of 18.79 meters, a personal record. Connecticut sophomores Oluwatosin Edwards (Windsor, Conn.) took third place with a throw of 18.46, while Christopher Ackell (Brookfield, Conn.) finished in fourth with a 16.64 meter throw.
In his collegiate debut, freshman John Landis (Philadelphia, Pa.) took home first place in the long jump with a 7.19m jump. Head coach Greg Roy commented on Landis’ “struggles with the board so far, but he was rock solid in the meet today.” Last season, sophomore Amanze Williams (New Haven, Conn.) broke Connecticut’s indoor long jump record with a 7.61m jump. Williams did not compete in this year’s long jump.
Williams finished second on the day in the triple jump with a measurement of 46-10.25. The Huskies also secured third place in the event with freshman Harvey Lacroix (Elkins Park, Pa.) and his mark of 46-10.00.
In the shot put, junior Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) set a personal record with a distance of 58-07.50. Edwards finished sixth in the event at 42-00.00.
Junior Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) set a Field House Record in the pole vault with a mark of 15-11.75 capturing first for the Huskies. Connecticut also placed freshman Timothy Murphy (New Fairfield, Conn.) with a mark of 15-00.00. Junior Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) finished fifth registering 14-00.00.
Senior Tyler Hopson (Andover, Conn.) gave the Huskies first place in the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:08.18. Sophomore John Rettenmeier (Sherman, Conn.) finished second recording 1:08.47, while freshman Dele Owoye (Danbury, Conn.) in his collegiate debut finished third clocking in at 1:08.57.
In addition to sweeping the 500 meter, the Huskies went on to sweep the 600 meter run. Freshman Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took home first place recording 1:21.76, upperclassmen Christen Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) and Kyle Twombly (Penfield, N.Y.) finished second and third, respectively with times of 1:23.01 and 1:23.11. Roy commented, “Robert Rhodes is feeling his way as a freshman but will definitely be able to compete with the top later on in the year.”
Freshman Alvaro Chavez (West Windsor, N.J.) led the Huskies in the 1,000m with a first place finish of 2:32.20. UConn would go on to sweep as sophomore James Agati (Valley Stream, N.Y.) finished second with a time of 2:33.42 and junior Paul DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) finished third at 2:38.44. The 1,000m run gave the Huskies a 38-7 point lead following five events.
Senior Kevin Smith (Harwinton, Conn.) set a Hugh S. Greer Field House Record as well as a personal best, with a mark of 6.40 in the 55 meter dash as he took home first place for the Huskies. Connecticut Roy said, “It was a fantastic start for Kevin, I didn’t even know he ran that fast, and that time is with him not even having a good start so that’s really good. It brings a smile to my face.” Fellow senior David Kenney (Lawrence, N.J.) registered 6.45 earning the Huskies second place. Freshman Relonni Elliot (Simsbury, Conn.) began his career finishing fourth with a time of 6.58, while freshman John Landis (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished fifth with a mark of 6.59
In the 55 meter hurdles junior Claudio Delli Carpini (West Harrison, N.Y.) registered a time of 7.56 for first. Freshman Patrick Meyer (Hamlin, N.Y) finished second at 7.96, while Sean Walsh (Freehold N.J.) finished third clocking in at 8.13. Connecticut rounded out the top four with freshman Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) and his mark of 8.24.
UConn’s Ryan McGuire (Orange, Conn.) went on to finish second in the men’s 2000m run after losing in a last second finish to Joshua Perry of Southern Connecticut. McGuire had led the Huskies in every cross country meet of the season during the fall season and finished today’s event with a time of 5:30.83. Freshman Alexander Levine (Danbury, Conn.) registered a time of 5:39.16 edging out Southern Connecticut’s Samuel Montclair for third place. Following eleven events, the Huskies led 78-21 over the Owls.
Connecticut concluded the afternoon with first and second place finishes in the 2200m Sprint Medley. Connecticut’s ‘A’ team finished first with a time of 5:00.61. Connecticut’s ‘B’ team of Walsh, Hopson, Whyte and Alex Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished second by .04 seconds with a time of 5:00.65. Following twelve events, the Huskies defeated Southern Connecticut State University by a score of 83-21.
“I’ve been here 28 years and this is my first year taking over the long and triple jump. It is the only two events that I have not been event coach here for so the performances tonight were very good. We had a lot of guys who didn’t compete today and we are excited for the 2013 season. It was a really good opener,” Roy finished.
The Huskies will travel to New Haven, Conn. for the Yale Invitational next Saturday, January 12, followed by Kingston, Rhode Island the following Wednesday/Thursday for the URI Heptathlon.