STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – After competing in five unscored events to open the 2015 indoor season, the University of Connecticut men’s track and field team grabbed third in the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State, on Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Huskies concluded the two-day event with a team score of 93.7, finishing behind only Penn State (144.7) and Cornell (115).
Sophomore sprinter Patrick Hayes got the Huskies started off on Friday afternoon with a first-place finish in the 60m dash (6.81), turning in the fourth-best time in the American Athletic Conference this season.
Michael McGonnigle (14:41.08) and Ned Wilson (14:41.96) grabbed two of the top-10 spots in the 5,000m run, claiming seventh and eighth, respectively. Redshirt-junior tri-captain Selwyn Maxwell picked up the Huskies’ second first-place performance of the afternoon when he won the 60m hurdles with a 7.96 second finish in the finals, marking the fourth-fastest mark in the conference this year.
Harley Lacroix grabbed a fourth-place finish in the long jump, recording a 7.11m result. Oluwatosin Edwards, who holds the conference’s best weight throw result (19.14m), placed second in the event on Friday, turning in a toss of 18.91m. Freshman Pobo Efekoro finished right behind Edwards, taking third with a 18.49m throw.
The Connecticut ‘A’ team which consisted of Nick Bertoline, Nick O’Leary, James Lowe and David Cotton won the Distance Medley Relay with a 10:04.49 time. The Huskies took a pair of top-10 spots in the 400m dash when Chinedu Amonu moved into sixth on The American’s performance list with a 48.57 result, taking third and finishing ahead of teammate Trentan Beram (48.84), who clocked in in sixth.
The 600m run proved to be another strong event for Connecticut, as Philip Caldwell (1:21.36) led all Huskies with a fifth-place finish, crossing the line ahead of O’Leary (1:21.84) and Nigel Walker (1:22.38), who finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
Michael O’Donnell continued his excellent indoor campaign with a ninth-place finish in the mile run (4:10.16), which represents the fifth-best mark in the conference this year, while senior David Cotton grabbed fifth in the 3,000m run (8:23.97) and now stands at No. 5 on the conference performance list.
The Husky ‘A’ 4x400m relay team which consisted of Beram, Walker, Robert Hovanec and Amonu claimed seventh in the event with a 3:18.42 time. Demario Gray shined in the high jump, taking sixth with a 2.01m leap. Amanze Williams secured an eighth-place result in the triple jump (14.57m), finishing just ahead of LaCroix (14.38m), who finished 10th.
"This was our toughest competition of the year," said head coach Greg Roy. "Alot of our guys competed well. It was a championship-level meet and showed us where we need to improve. We have three weeks before the conference meet to do it.
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The team returns to competition on Friday, Feb. 14 when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark. to participate in the 2015 Tyson Invitational.