Jan. 27, 2012
BOSTON, Mass.-The University of Connecticut Huskies took home their second consecutive first place team finish as they captured the 200m, 400m, 500m, high jump, pole vault and weight throw crowns. The Huskies finished the Joe Donahue Indoor Collegiate Games with 187.50 points which was 106 points more than second place Brown.
“This was a great meet for the team early in the season,” Head Coach Greg Roy said. “Kyle Duggan and Noel James both had good jumps for us, while Kyle Twombly brought home two titles on the track.”
Leading the way for the Huskies was sophomore Kyle Twombly (Penfield, N.Y.) who finished the evening with two first place victories on the track clocking in at 22.52 in the 200m dash and 1:05.25 in the 500m dash. Also finishing the 200m dash in the top-five was freshman John Rettenmeier (Penfield, N.Y.) in fourth place (22.90) and Paul DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) took third (1:06.21) in the 500m.
Sophomore Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) opened up the track events for UConn claiming second place in the 55m dash in 6.45, while teammate Kevin Steinberg (Langhorne, Pa.) was right behind him crossing the finish line third in 6.52.
Senior Tyler Hopson (Andover, Conn.) continued Connecticut’s success on the track turning in a first place finish in the 400m in 49.37, while junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) was fourth (50.31).
UConn had three in the top-five of the 800m with junior Joe Clark
(West Islip, N.Y.), freshman James Agati
(Stream, N.Y.) and freshman Phil Caldwell (Chesire, Conn.) capture second (1:54.33), fourth (1:54.86) and fifth (1:55.11) places, respectively.
Senior Scott Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) was the lone Husky to compete in the 1,000m as he finished third in 2:29.49. Senior Tim Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) added another third place to the tally with a time of 4:14.82 in the mile. Rounding out the track events was freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) finishing second in the 55m hurdles (7.55).
In the field events, the Huskies dominated the charts having four of the top five seats in the pole vault with senior captain Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) leading the charge with a 5.18m leap for first place. Following was Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.), Matt Alexander (Tolland, Conn.) and Justin Blades (Griswold, Conn.) in second (4.87m), third (4.72m) and fifth (4.42m), respectively.
Sophomore Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) added another title on the evening with a jump of 2.18m in the high jump, while freshman Toby Belton tied for third (1.98m).
UConn’s control continued in the shot put with captain Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J.) claiming second (17.29m), freshman John Wlasuk (Newtown, Conn.) in fourth (16.12m) and sophomore Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) in fifth (15.58m).
The final Husky crown of the meet was captured by junior Josh Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) in the weight throw with a toss of 18.06m.
The Huskies return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in State College, Pa.