BOSTON – Coming off a first-place finish at the Crimson Elite Friday, the UConn men’s track and field team were three places short of a double-header sweep at the conclusion of the Scarlet and White event Saturday.
Connecticut took fourth-place overall as a team with 76 points, just one point shy of meet host Boston University. Nationally ranked Virginia finished first after Saturday’s events followed by George Mason in second.
“We made a lot of progress today,” UConn head coach Greg Roy said, “we would have liked to have swept the doubleheader, but we ran out of bodies. Craig Hunter got his second win in two days, while Ben De Venezia looked great, winning the 1000m. Chinedu and Stedman had great runs in a hot 200, while AJ Chavez showed he is rounding into shape. As we start to focus on the AAC, each week gets bigger in terms of bringing the kids along appropriately.”
Senior captain Craig Hunter claimed back-to-back first-place titles this weekend. He brought home first-place in the pole vault Saturday at Scarlet and White with a 16’ 0.75’’ (4.90m) vault.
Sophomore Ben De Venezia took home his second first-place finish of the season, his first 1000m title, with a personal record 2:25.93. Junior Parker Timmerman earned third place in that same event with a personal best time of 2:27.36. De Venezia and Timmerman combined for 16 points in the 1000m.
Senior captain Chinedu Amonu and rookie Stedman Cook combined for 11 points in the 200m, finishing third and fourth, respectively. Amonu recorded a season-best time of 21.56 while Cook ran a career-best 21.63, both of which were top-times in the conference.
Sophomore Kyle Trocki set a new personal record 49.20 in the 400m, while senior Alvaro Chavez stood out in the 800m with a fourth-place finish (1:49.88).
Sophomores Kyle Brackman and Aidan Fiol continued to rake in the personal-best performances for UConn as they both set new career-highs in the 5000m. Brackman (14:41.56) and Fiol (14:59.11) combined for five points in the 5000m.
UConn earned the most points of any team in the high jump. Freshman Steve Fossi Noue recorded a new personal record 6’4.75’’ (1.95m) leap in the high jump to finish second overall. Fellow rookie Jordan Torney also set a new PR with a 5’ 5’’ (1.65m) mark. The two combined for 12 points.
The Huskies return to Boston University next Saturday, Feb. 11 for the Valentine Invitational.