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UConn Dominates URI Coaches Tribute Invite

Bryan Fowler

Feb. 1, 2014


KINGSTON, R.I. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team posted seven first-place finishes to win the 2014 URI Coaches Tribute Invite on Saturday afternoon. The squad concluded the day with 220 points to capture the meet, outscoring the closest finisher in Rhode Island by 121.25 points.

Eight individuals earned first-place finishes and the 4x400 meter relay team added a ninth trip atop the podium to pace a fantastic all-around team effort that also saw 32 of UConn’s athletes contribute top-ten finishes.

In his second meet of the season, senior Darnell Cummings grabbed first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.88 seconds. Teammates Trelonni Elliott and Jared Delane grabbed third and fifth, respectively, with times of 7.03 and 7.08. UConn received a pair of top-five finishes in the 200 meter dash from Jared Delane and Patrick Hayes. Delane grabbed fourth with a time of 22.50 while Hayes crossed the finish line narrowly behind him at 22.57. In the 400 meter dash, Dele Owoye clinched second place in 50.16 and Justin Doehr earned 10th in 51.27.

The Huskies were well represented in the 500 meter dash with four of the top-five runners donning UConn uniforms. Kyle Twombly led the effort with a gold medal showing in 1:04.55. Justin Alleyne collected the bronze in 1:05.23. Chinedu Amonu finished in fourth with a time of 1:05.55 and Robert Hovanec rounded out the top-five in 1:06.35.

Connecticut dominated the 1000 meter and the mile runs. Alvaro Chavez won the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:30.29. Just a few seconds after Chavez was Dan Murnane in fourth place at 2:33.28. Michael O’Donnell and James Agati completed the four-five-six UConn finish and Robert Rhodes capped the effort with a tenth-place result. In the mile run, Bryan Fowler and David Cotton posted a one-two finish with times of 4:15.09 and 4:16.77. 

UConn’s relay teams continued their fantastic seasons with the 4x400 team adding another one-two finish and the distance medley relay team grabbing third place. The team of Chinedu Amonu, Dele Owoye, Robert Hovanec and Kyle Twombly took home the gold with a time of  3:19.31 in the 4x400. Justin Doehr, Jared Delane, Justin Alleyne and Aaron Sykes acquired UConn’s second place finish in 3:25.25. The DMR squad of Bryan Fowler, Robert Rhodes, Michael O’Donnell, and Nicholas Bertolini finished in 10:20.94 to capture third place.

UConn’s tremendous day continued on the field, where four of the Huskies’ seven top-finishes occurred. Tobey Belton led the way in the high jump, clearing 1.99M to earn the gold. Rookie Demario Gray grabbed third with a 1.94m effort.

The pole vaulters added another strong showing to their season with Cory Duggan taking first on a height of 4.95M.  Craig Hunter posted the same height for a second-place finish while Tim Murphy grabbed fourth with a 4.80m effort and Connor Grunwald cleared 4.80M to snatch fifth place.

Amanze Williams posted a first place finish in the triple jump and grabbed third in the long jump with 14.82m and 6.79m, respectively. Harley Lacroix added a silver medal in the triple jump with a 14.68 M leap. Senior captain Eric Masington finished first in the shot put with a 16.81m toss.

Said head coach Greg Roy of the team's showing, ""The squad competed very well today. Our seniors demonstrated great leadership with our captains logging wins in the shot put, 60 meter dash, and pole vault and senior Kyle Twombly earning a huge win in the 500 meter."

"Our jumpers showed much-needed progress in the high jump and triple jump with classmates Toby Belton and Amanze Williams getting wins," coach Roy continued. "Bryan Fowler and David Cotton's performances proved that the distance duo is ready for their 5k debut at Penn State next week. With the team having passed a second test today with flying colors, all that remains in the next few weeks of the regular season will be a big test at Penn State."

Connecticut will use the next seven days to prepare for the Sykes Sabock meet hosted by Penn State University on Feb. 8.


UConn Finishes:

 60 M Dash

1. Darnell Cummings – 6.88

3.Trelonni Elliott – 7.03

5. Jared Delane – 7.08


200 M Dash

4. Jared Delane – 22.57

5. Patrick Hayes - 22.57

19. Trelonni Elliott – 23.54


400 M Dash

3. Dele Owoye – 50.16

10. Justin Doehr – 51.27

15. Aaron Sykes – 51.76

25. Michael Roy – 57.09


500 M Dash

1. Kyle Twombly – 1:04.55

3. Justin Alleyne – 1:05.23

4. Chinedu Amonu – 1:05.55

5. Robert Hovanec – 1:06.35

15. Nigel Walker – 1:08.35

22. James Lowe – 1:08.99


800 M Run

4. Paul DeSalvo – 1:56.48

7. Philip Caldwell – 1:57.90

10. Robert Cheng – 1:55.00


1000 M Run

  1. Alvaro Chavez – 2:30.29

4.   Dan Murnane – 2:33.28

5.   Michael O’Donnell – 2:33.40

6.   James Agati – 2:34.24

10. Robert Rhodes – 2:35.35


Mile Run

  1. Bryan Fowler – 4:15.09
  2. David Cotton – 4:16.77

17. Ryan Pearl – 4:32.25


60 M Hurdles

7. Randall Wall – 8.68


4x400 M Relay

  1. Chinedu Amonu, Dele Owoye, Robert Hovanec, Kyle Twombly – 3:19.31
  2. Justin Doehr, Jared Delane, Justin Alleyne, Aaron Sykes – 3:25.25

6.   Randall Wall, Nigel Walker, James Lowe, Michael Roy – 3:29.64


Distance Medley Relay

2. Bryan Fowler, Robert Rhodes, Michael O’Donnell, Nicholas Bertolini – 10:20.94


High Jump

  1. Tobey Belton – 1.99M

3.   Demario Gray – 1.94M

7.   Sam Smith – 1.89M

7.   Kris Horn – 1.89M

11. Patrick Meyer – 1.89M


Pole Vault

1. Cory Duggan – 4.95M

2. Craig Hunter – 4.95M

4. Tim Murphy – 4.80M

5. Connor Grunwald – 4.80M


Long Jump

3. Amanze Williams – 6.79M

4. Harley Lacroix – 6.75M


Triple Jump

1. Amanze Williams – 14.82M

2. Harley Lacroix – 14.68 M

5. Treval Hatcher – 14.12M

9.   John Landis – 13.22M


Shot Put

  1. Eric Masington – 16.81M

13. Ryan Luberto – 13.56 M

21. Kris Horn – 12.91M

25. Sam Smith – 12.37M

30. Sean Walsh – 11.28M


Weight Throw

3. Oluwatusin Edwards – 18.19M