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Men's Track and Field Opens 2015 Indoor Season at Yale Invitational

Craig Hunter's top finish in the pole vault was one of four UConn first-place finishes on Saturday.
Jan. 10, 2015

Complete Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut men's track and field team opened its 2015 indoor season with four first-place finishes at the Yale Invitational held in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday.

The 4x400m `A' relay team, which consisted of Stephon Henry, Nigel Walker, Trentan Beram and Robert Hovanec, took first-place (3:20.05), edging out Central Connecticut by .05 seconds.

The distance medley team made up of Alvaro Chavez, Nick O'Leary, Beram and Nicholas Bertoline followed up with another gold medal finish (10:06.82).

Craig Hunter, who took third in the pole vault at the indoor American Athletic Conference championship in March, dominated the event, posting a 5.25m result and finished ahead of teammate Tim Murphy (4.80). Currently, the sophomore checks in at No. 7 on the 2014-2015 NCAA Div. I Indoor Qualifying List for the pole vault.

Freshman Oghenankpobo Efekoro delivered Connecticut's final first-place finish, winning the weight throw (17.98m) in his first collegiate showing, edging out teammate
Oluwatusin Edwards (17.32m).



Deshaun Velez (7.00) and Jared Delane (7.07) grabbed fourth and fifth in the 60m dash, respectively. Bertoline continued his excellent afternoon with a second-place finish in the 800m run (1:56.26), while senior David Cotton crossed the line in fourth in the mile run (4:14.61). Sophomore Randall Wall took fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.36).

"It was a solid opening showing for our team," said 30th-year head coach Greg Roy. "It was nice to see us win both relay events and we were pleased with performances in the weight throw and pole vault. Coming back from break, we've been working hard to get ready for the season. We're excited to get the ball rolling and look forward to continuing next weekend in New York."

For complete individual results, please CLICK HERE.

The Huskies return to action on Friday, Jan. 16 when they travel to New York City to take part in the NYC Gotham Cup. Action is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.