BOSTON – The UConn men’s track and field team snatched first-place at Crimson Elite Friday, defeating meet host, Harvard, by two points.
The Huskies earned 64 total points overall as a team. No. 7 Syracuse finished fifth overall with 32 points and No. 12 Virginia took third with 54. Northeastern claimed the fourth-place spot with 38 points.
"It was a nice win in the Crimson Elite today," UConn head coach Greg Roy said, "Ronel Forde had his first big win in the triple jump and captain Craig Hunter led by example with his win. Wyatt Million and freshman Daniel Linehan both pr'd and showed potential to help at the AAC. It was great to have Trent Beram back today."
Senior captain Craig Hunter was as usual a highlight for UConn, claiming his third first-place finish of the season in the pole vault with a 16’ 6.75’’ (5.05m) vault. Junior Chandler Ives and sophomore Ian Bergere finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the pole vault. Hunter, Ives and Bergere combined for 13 points in that event.
Freshman Ronel Forde brought home his first collegiate first-place crown with a new personal record 49’ 9’’ (15.16m) leap in the triple jump.
Junior Trenten Beram made his debut coming back off an injury by setting a new personal record in the 60m dash (6.83). He finished fourth overall in the 60.
Two Huskies finished in the top-10 in the long jump. Sophomore Malik Snead set a new career best in the long jump with a 23’ 7.25’’ leap, which put him in third place. Freshman Jordan Torney was just two hundredths of a meter shy of his personal best and finished ninth overall.
Connecticut combined for 14 points in the mile run as junior Wyatt Million set a new personal best time of 4:18.71 to finish second overall and freshman James Mas finished third in his first time competing in the mile event.
Competing in the 400m for the first time in his collegiate career, freshman Daniel Linehan took second place overall, setting his personal mark at 49.41. Linehan and sophomore Kyle Trocki combined for 10 points in the 400m.
On day-one of the Scarlet and White, UConn secured third place in the distance medley relay, the only event of the day, with what coach Roy referred to as a “top-self distance medley team.” Connecticut’s DMR team (Heydrick, Amonu, Garmon) finished behind Northeastern and meet host, Boston University, with a time of 9:42.72.
The Huskies are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 4 to close out Saturday’s events of the Scarlet and White in Boston.