Jan. 18, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team won the Great Dane Classic for the fourth year in a row on Friday in New York. The men and women have now swept the event for the last three years.
UConn was paced by four first place finishes on the day. Robert Rhodes enjoyed a gold medal performance in the 500m with a time of 1:03.11. In the 1,000m, Alvaro Chavez captured first place in 2:25.57. The 4x400m relay team of Robert Rhodes, Chinedu Amonu, Kyle Twombly, and John Rettenmeier once again raced to a first place finish this weekend, finishing in 3:14.79 to lead all schools. Rookie Craig Hunter continued his early collegiate success with a first place finish in the pole vault. Hunter cleared a height of 5.05m (16-06.75) to win the event.
In addition to first-place finishes, several Huskies posted solid performances across a variety of events. Philip Caldwell grabbed fourth place in the 800m with a time of 1:53.61 while Michael O’Donnell crossed the line second in the Mile with a time of 4:14.32. Bryan Fowler earned the bronze medal in the 3000m with an 8:29.07 effort.
On the field, senior thrower Eric Masington grabbed third place with a 16.40m heave (59-01.25) in the shot put and teammate Oluwatosin Edwards finished fourt in the weight throw with an 18.16m effort (59-7.00).
Coach Roy pointed out that the young Husky squad showed great determination and grit after what was a slow start to the day. “We started badly today, and with the youth and inexperience of our lineup, it was a real possibility that we could fold our tent. These kids dug in their heels enough to actually grab a 30-point lead courtesy of a 1-2-3 finish in the 500m(Robert Rhodes, Kyle Twombly and Justin Alleyne). We promptly gave that back in the 800, and with 4 events to go it was a 3-team meet with less than 10 points between us, Buffalo and Albany. We ‘held serve’ in the Pole Vault and Shot Put, which gave us a chance to win it in the 4x400 relay, which we did in style!”
“Freshman Craig Hunter was once again outstanding, winning the Pole Vault, as were Rob Rhodes(500) and AJ Chavez(1000). We have a long way to go to be considered a good team, a Championship team. While not a thing of beauty, today’s win showcased the ability to ‘find a way.’ That ability combined with hard work and weekly development might find this to be a special team come year’s end,” said coach Roy.
UConn will compete at the Terrier Invite on Jan. 25 in Boston beginning at 10:30am.
Top UConn Finishes:
Robert Rhodes – 1:03.11 (First)
Kyle Twombly – 1:03.35 (Second)
Justin Alleyne – 1:03.81 (Third)
Philip Caldwell - 1:53.61 (Fourth)
Paul DeSalvo – 1:56.40 (Seventh)
Nicholas Bertolini – 1:56.46 (Eighth)
Alvaro Chavez – 2:25.57 (First)
Michael O’Donnell – 4:14.32 (Second)
4x400 M Relay
Craig Hunter – 5.05m (First)
Timothy Murphy – 4.80m (Fourth)
Cory Duggan – 4.80m (Fifth)
Harley Lacroix – 6.92m (Fifth)
Amanze Williams – 14.79m (Fourth)
Eric Masington – 16.40m (Third)
Oluwatusin Edwards – 18.92m (Third)