BOSTON - The UConn men's track and field team placed second in the New England Championships with Northeastern squeaking past the Huskies 164-162.33.
"To use that old basketball metaphor, we didn't come up with those loose balls today," said head coach Greg Roy. " It was an interesting meet, we were up big after day one, they came back, and we answered back again. In the end, Northeastern took care of business."
"There was a lot to get excited about this weekend. Winning all three relays, Mike O'Donnell winning the 3k and anchoring the distance relay. Malik taking both the long and triple and our pole-vaulters did great. There was a lot we can work with out of this meet."
"This weekend really showed our really young team that they have to learn how to win. Northeastern is a veteran team and this was their home meet and they were ready to go. We fell a little short. We found out over the last two days that a lot of our guys saw what it take to win."
UConn dominated the 3000 M Run with Michael O'Donnell capturing first place with a time of 8:24.55 and Eric Van Der Els (4th) and Will Brisman (5th) finished in the top five to help the Huskies earn 19 points in the event.
Malik Snead continued his strong Championships with another victory in the triple jump. The junior jumped 15.62 M to earn the first place finish.
The Huskies nabbed wins in the 4X400 and 4X800 relays to gain 20 points in favor of the Huskies.
Junior Kyle Barber (4th) and Peter Garmon (7th) notched points for the Huskies in the 1 Mile Run.
Captain Trent Beram placed second in the 200 M dash, scoring 8 points for the Huskies.
The Huskies look to regroup at the Valentine Invitational in Boston on Feb. 10 at the Boston University Track and Field Center.
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