Jan. 16, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I.- The UConn men’s track and field team sent six athletes to the midweek University of Rhode Island Heptathlon and saw senior Ben Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) lead the Huskies the first day with 2,941 points. Connecticut has three Huskies in three of the top four spots as Rhode Island’s Andrew Reigstad leads all competitors with 3,015.
B. Waruch, sitting in second place after day one, posted personal bests in the 60 meter dash and the shot put. Waruch finished second in the 60 with a time of 7.19 and second in the shot put with a toss of 14.03 meters. He also concluded the long jump in second place with a mark of 6.66m and posted a jump of 1.84m in the high jump.
Junior Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) finished day one in third place overall with 2,924 points as he captured first place in the shot put with a hurl of 14.46m. Chapman ran the 60m dash in 7.40, while finishing fourth (6.43m) in the long jump and fifth (1.93m) in the high jump.
The final Husky in the top-five was senior Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) who ended the day with 2,871 after tallying three fourth place finishes in the 60 meter dash (7.25), the shot put (12.85m) and the high jump (1.96m). The 2012 heptathlon BIG EAST champion also posted a leap of 6.29m in the long jump.
The next two Huskies were freshman Pat Meyer (Hamlin, N.Y.) and junior Sean Walsh (Freehold, N.J.) who finished the opening day in eighth and 13th place, respectively. Walsh set a personal best in the shot put with a hurl of 11.35m.
Despite notching three fifth place finishes, freshman Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) sits in 14th place after not registering any points in the high jump. Horn took fifth in the 60 meter dash (7.28), long jump (6.38m) and the shot put (12.12m).
UConn will wrap-up the URI Heptathlon on Thursday with the 60m hurdles beginning at 10 a.m. followed by the pole vault and the 1,000m run.