NEW YORK, N.Y. – The UConn men’s track team completed the Columbia Challenge in 25th place with 19 points during the two-day event.
In the pole vault, the Huskies secured two top 10 finishes from junior Ian Bergere and senior Chandler Ives. Bergere tied a career-high with a height of 16'4.75" (5.00m) that landed the junior a fifth place finish. It also puts him seventh in the conference rankings. Ives took 10th with a 15'5" (4.70m) mark.
The Huskies continued solid performances in the field events with two top 10 finishers in the weight throw. Junior Sebastian Castano crushed his career-high throw with an 60'8.5" (18.50m) throw that lifted the junior into fourth place. That toss also places him fourth among American Athletic Conference performances thus far this season. Sophomore Cameron Thompson also notched a career-high in the event with a throw of 58'2.5" (17.74m) and finished in ninth place. He currently ranks sixth in the conference.
Senior Trent Beram grabbed a fifth place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 21.83. The top five placement earned the Huskies five points and also put Beram eighth among AAC runners in the event after the weekend.
In the mile, senior Mike O'Donnell ran the second fastest time in the AAC rankings this indoor season, clocking in at 4:07.97. Junior Kyle Barber ran the seventh fastest time with a 4:12.73 showing while classmate Peter Garmon ran 4:13.42, the ninth fastest time.
The Husky distance relay team finished seventh at the event and turned in the fastest time this season in the AAC rankings, finishing with a time of 9:52.32.
Junior Malik Snead earned four points for UConn with a fifth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 23'11.00" (7.29 M).
The Huskies return to action next weekend for the New England Championships on Friday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston, Mass.
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