Jan. 11, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's track and field team started its season off in dominant fashion at the Yale Invitational on Saturday. The Husky relay teams topped the podium in all of the possible events, winning the distance medley relay, the 4x800 meter relay, and the 4x400 meter relay. Connecticut excelled at the Yale Invitational for the second consecutive year with six first-place finishes in the unscored event that featuerd several strong regional programs.
Sophomore Dele Owoye earned UConn's first gold of the day in the 400m dash, crossing the finish line first with a time of 49.63 seconds. Next, the distance medley relay of Alvaro Chavez, Kyle Twombly, Robert Rhodes, and Brian Fowler claimed top spot with a time of 10:05.93. Not only did UConn earn the first place finish, but Connecticut swept the top four spots. The quartet of Alex Levine, Chinedu Amonu, Philip Caldwell, and Michael O'Donnell posted a 10:16.61 effort to grab second place while the group of James Agati, John Rettenmeier, Paul DeSalvo, and David Cotton took home bronze with a time of 10:18.76. Nicholas Bertolini, Aaron Sykes, Justin Alleyne, and Dan Murnane crossed the end line in fourth with a time of 10:26.78.
UConn's excellence in the relay continued when the 4x800meter team of Chavez/Caldwell/O'Donnell and Levine, who reached the top of the podium with a time of 7:48.58. In the 4x400 meter relay, UConn posted a second and first place effort, with Rhodes/JRettenmeier/Amonu/Twombly earning first place in 3:16.35 and the combination of Doehr/Sykes/Owoye/Alleyne nabbing second place with a time of 3:19.50.
The Huskies went two-for-two in field events in which Connecticut athletes participated, taking first place in the shot put and sweeping all top-three finishes in the pole vault.
Eric Masington secured gold in the shot put with a heave of 16.73m (54-10.75). Freshman Craig Hunter bested veteran Cory Duggan to earn top spot in the pole vault, clearing 5.00m (16-04.75) for his inaugural collegiate first-place finish. Duggan earned the silver with a vault of 4.90m (16-00.75) and Timothy Murphy rounded out the strong showing with a third-place finish on a 4.90m (16-00.75) jump.
"It was great to knock off the rust from our three week break," said head coach Greg Roy of UConn's successful start to the year. "For our first competition back we looked good. We were excited to dominate the relays and win the only two field events that we entered."
UConn returns to action on Friday, Jan. 17 when they head to New York City to compete at the Great Dane Invitational beginning at 12:30pm.
2. Ryan Pearl - 4:24.91
- Dele Owoye - 49.63
12. James Lowe - 50.90
17. John Landis - 51.40
20. Justin Doehr - 51.55
34. Randal Wall - 53.17
49. Michael Roy - 54.99
Distance Medley Relay:
- UConn (Alvaro Chavez/Kyle Twombly/Robert Rhodes/Bryan Fowler) - 10:05.93
- UConn (Alex Levine/Chinedu Amonu/Philip Caldwell/Michael O'Donnell) - 10:16.61
- UConn (James Agati/John Rettenmeier/Paul DeSalvo/David Cotton) - 10:18.76
- UConn (Nicholas Bertolini/Aaron Sykes/Justin Alleyne/Dan Murnane) - 10:26.78
- Robert Cheng - 1:57.01
12. Nigel Walker - 1:59.66
4x800 M Relay
- UConn - Alvaro Chavez/Philip Caldwell/Michael O'Donnell/Alexander Levine - 7:48.58
4. UConn - Nicholas Bertolini/Robet Cheng/Ryan Pearl/James Agati) - 8:00.58
4x400 M Relay
- UConn (Robert Rhodes/John Rettenmeier/Chinedu Amonu/Kyle Twombly) 3:16.35
- UConn (Justin Doehr/Aaron Sykes/Dele Owoye/Justin Alleyne) - 3:19.50
11. UConn - Jared Delane/James Lowe/Randall Wall/Michael Roy - 3:30.60
- Eric Masington -16.73m (54-10.75)
- Ryan Luberto - 13.94m (45-09.00)
5. Connor Grunwald - 4.80m (15-0.900)