Jan. 20, 2012
NEW YORK, N.Y.-The University of Connecticut men's track and field claimed first place at the Great Dane Classic on Friday in New York, N.Y. at the historical Armory. The Huskies tallied 119 points with the second place Maryland-Eastern Shore coming in second with 74. UConn concluded the evening with 13 top-five performances and took home the crown in the 4,000m distance medley.
“We had an amazing team effort at the Great Dane Classic,” stated Head Coach Greg Roy. “Across the board we had everyone compete at high levels and turn in quality performances. This may be the best progression I’ve ever seen at this stage of the early season. It was a large step towards out ultimate team goal of winning the conference.”
The Huskies took home two top-five performances in the 500m dash with junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) finishing fourth (1:04.84) and sophomore Chris Dailey (Dallas, Pa.) taking fifth (1:05.28).
UConn posted two runners in the top-three of the 1,000m as senior Tim Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) ran it in 2:23.23 for a second place finish and freshman James Agati (Stream, N.Y.) ran it in 2:30.35 for third.
Junior Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) carried over his success from last week to take the third seat in the mile in 4:03.25. Sophomore Ryan McGuire(Orange, Conn.) continued UConn's success in the distance events as he posted a second place finish in the 5,000m in 14:36.95.
Bennatan and Clark now both sit at the top the performance list in their respected events in the BIG EAST.
Freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) set a new career-high with an 8.04 in the 60m hurdles for a third place finish.
In the 4,000m distance medley, the Huskies were the first to cross the finish line in 10:06.93.
In the field events, sophomore Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) set a new career-best with a 2.16m leap earning himself a second place spot in the high jump, while brothers Cory and Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) claimed the third (4.95m) and fourth (4.80m) in the pole vault, respectively.
Freshman Treval Hatcher (Riverhead, N.Y.) added another top-five seat for the Huskies after a 14.43m jump in the triple jump for the fourth overall spot.
Captain Mike Alleman finished second in the shot put with a toss of 17.40m and junior Josh Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) finished third in the weight throw with a throw of 17.99m.
The Huskies will continue the 2012 indoor campaign when they compete at the Boston Indoor Games next Friday, Jan. 27.
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