SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The UConn men’s track and field team took second-place overall at the Sorlien Invitational on Saturday, finishing with 173 total points.
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“Very disappointing loss today,” head coach Greg Roy explained, “we sat a number of our first line athletes today for a variety of reasons, and their replacements couldn’t grab the opportunity given to them.
The Huskies finished 15 points behind the winner/host the University of Rhode Island and then there was over a 100-point gap between UConn at second and Providence at third.
“Particularly impressive winning performances included Craig Hunter in the pole vault, Stephon Henry in the 60m hurdles and Chris Heydrick in the 800,” Roy said, highlighting UConn’s top performers of the day, “John Landis showed versatility by moving out of the jumps to win the 60 and Kyle Trocki had his first collegiate win, but we still have work to do.”
Senior captain Craig Hunter earned his second consecutive first-place finish in the pole vault, hitting a 16’ 11’’ (5.16m) mark. Sophomore Chris Heydrick set a new personal-best in the 800m with a time of 1:54.56, to finish in first-place.
UConn took three of the top-four spots in the 60m dash, including first and second place finishes from John Landis and Stedman Cook. Landis, a senior captain who normally competes in the jumps, stepped up to win the 60m event with a personal-best 6.94 time. Cook finished right behind at 6.95, which was just 0.03 of a second off his personal record.
Senior captain Chinedu Amonu took fourth-place in the 60m dash, running 7.00 seconds flat. Landis, Cook and Amonu combined for 22 total points in that event.
Junior Stephon Henry was just 0.02 of a second off his personal-best time in the 60m hurdles where he captured first place (8.05).
Sophomore Kyle Trocki brought home his first collegiate win, claiming the top-spot in the 500m (1:06.53). Senior Alvaro Chavez came in right behind Trocki in second (1:06.6) while freshman Daniel Linehan took fifth (1:08.50) the three combined for 20 points.
Connecticut earned the top-two places in the 4x800m relay with the A squad (Garmon, Barber, Van Der Els, O’Donnell) finishing in first (7:53.10) and the B squad (Amonu, De Venizia, Mas, Abraham) right behind in second (8:01.98).
In the jumps, sophomore Malik Snead set a new personal record in the long jump with a 23’ 7.25’’ (7.19m) leap. He finished in second in that event, contributing eight points. Freshman Nile Uzzell took third in his first collegiate triple jump appearance with a 47’ 10.5’’ (14.59m) mark.