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UConn Opens 2017 Indoor Season with a First Place Finish at Great Dane Classic

Senior captain Chinedu Amonu contributed 20 points to UConn's first place finish.
Jan. 14, 2017

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The UConn men's track and field team opened its 2017 indoor season on a high-note with a first-place finish on Saturday at the Great Dane Classic held at the Ocean Breeze Complex. The Huskies captured first-place by well-over 30 points.

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"We definitely started the season off on the right foot," head coach Greg Roy said, "We had a handful of personal bests and individual first place finishes that ultimately helped the team to the top. I am excited to see how this team evolves and improves on such a strong start to the season."

Junior Patrick Begley earned the Huskies 10 points, claiming first-place in the 500m with a time of 14:39.46. Senior captain Craig Hunter also captured a first-place in the pole vault to earn 10 points for UConn with a 16' 2.75'' (4.95m) vault.

UConn stood out in the 3000m run, claiming two of the top three spots. Senior captain Michael O'Donnell and freshman Eric Van Der Els combined for 14 points, finishing second (8:22.10) and third (8:22.78), respectively.

Senior captain Chinedu Amonu earned 10 points for the Huskies in both the 200m and the 500m, posting a time of 21.69 in the 200m and 1:04.33 in the 500m. Fellow senior Alvaro Chavez contributed six points with a third-place finish in the 800m (1:54.72).



Junior Stephon Henry (New Britain, Conn.) kicked off the day with a fourth-place finish in the 60m hurdles to earn the Huskies five points with a time of 8:19.

Connecticut also claimed three of the top-six spots in the triple jump for a combined 14 points. Sophomore Malik Snead brought home a third-place finish with a personal best 49' 10'' (15.19m) mark.

In their collegiate debuts, Ivan Nyemeck and Steve Fossi-Noue combined for nine points in the triple jump event, finishing fourth (47' 11.75'', 14.62m) and sixth (47' 7.25'', 14.51m), respectively.

In the weight throw, sophomore Sebastian Castano and junior Alex Gagne both set new personal records, contributing a combined seven and a half points. Castano registered a personal best 52' 10'' (6.10m) mark in the weight throw to claim fifth-place while Gagne finished right behind him in sixth-place with a career-best 52' 8.25'' (16.06m).

Sophomores Christopher Heydrick and PJ Garmon combined for sixteen points. Heydrick added 10 points after running a 4:09.88 mile. Garmon earned six points for his third-place finish in the 1000m with a time of 2:28.62.