Feb. 8, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Entering the second day of competition in third place, the University of Connecticut men's track and field team finished with 162.50 points to win the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Saturday in Pennsylvania. The Huskies' victory snaps three consecutive years in which host institution, nationally ranked Penn State, has hoisted the cup. The No. 7 Nittany Lions finished in second place.
After winning the DMR and 60 meter dash on Day 1, Connecticut added another pair of first place finishes in Saturday action. UConn dominated the 400 meter dash, sweeping the top three finishes in the 400 meter dash. Chinedu Amonu led the way with a time of 47.89 while Kyle Twombly and Robert Hovanec grabbed second and third places, respectively. UConn also boasted a one-two finish in the 600 meter run with Robert Rhodes taking home the gold in 1:17.36 and Paul DeSalvo earning the silver in 1:20.25.
Alvaro Chavez posted an impressive second place finish in the 800 meter, finishing .51 seconds off of Penn State's Brannon Kidder. Kidder set the meet record and now holds the top time in the NCAA. Chavez's time of 1:47.96 ranks third in the country.
The 4x400 meter relay teams grabbed second and third place to rack up points for Connecticut. UConn's squad of Amonu, Twombly, Hovanec, and Rhodes set the shool record with a time of 3:10.52 for a second-place finish just .17 off the winning time. The team of Dele Owoye, Justin Alleyne, John Rettenmeier and Aaron Sykes clamed third in 3:16.41.
Connecticut received another dependably solid performance from its pole vaulters, boasting four of the meet's top-six finishers. Rookie Craig Hunter posted his highest career marker with a leap of 5.11M (16-09.25). Senior Cory Duggan followed with a second place finish on a 5.01M (16-05.25) effort. Connor Grunwald and Timothy Murphy represented UConn in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
"This was a huge team win over a great Penn State team," said Head Coach Greg Roy. "A competition that comes down to the last event like this one did shows how important every individual is to team success."
"The level of competition brought out some great performances with AJ Chavez and Robert Rhodes leading the way," coach Roy commented. "Other significant performances were recorded by Oluwatosin Edwards, Craig Hunter, Eric Masington, Chinedu Amonu, Darnell Cummings, and Bryan Fowler. With 3 weeks to go before teh American Athletic Conference Championship, we still have a lot of work to do, btu we made some great strides this weekend."
The Huskies return to the track next weekend for the Lafayette/Rider Invitational in New York City.
Complete UConn Results:
60 Meter Dash
1. Darnell Cummings - 6.79
8. Trelonni Elliott - 7.02
200 Meter Dash
5. Darnell Cummings - 21.81
8. Patrick Hayes - 22.12
14. Trelonni Elliott - 22.92
400 Meter Dash
1. Chinedu Amonu - 47.89
2. Kyle Twombly - 48.11
3. Robert Hovanec - 48.79
5. Dele Owoye - 49.18
13. John Rettenmeier - 50.24
600 Meter Run
1. Robert Rhodes - 1:17.36
2. Paul DeSalvo - 1:20.25
7. Aaron Sykes - 1:21. 58
800 Meter Run
2. Alvaro Chavez - 1:47.96
7. Philip Caldwell - 1:52.54
17. Alex Levine - 1:57.76
7. Mike O'Donnell - 5:15.30
8. Nick Bertolini - 4:15.50
12. Dan Murnane - 4:16.86
15. James Agati - 4:18.79
5000 Meter Run
2. Bryan Fowler - 14:40.81
3. David Cotton - 14:52.80
Distance Medley Relay
1. Chavez, Twombly, Rhodes, O'Donnell - 9:54.20
4x400 Meter Relay
2. Amonu, Twombly, Hovanec, Rhodes - 3:10.52
3. Owoye, Alleyne, Rettenmeier, Sykes - 3:16.41
35 lb. Weight Throw
3. Oluwatostin Edwards - 19.03M
10. Chris Ackell - 15.12M
9. Kris Horn - 6.80M
11. Amanze Williams - 6.76M
16. Harley Lacroix - 6.57M
18. Patrick Meyer - 6.51M
2. Craig Hunter - 5.11M (16-09.25)
3. Cory Duggan - 5.01M (16-05.25)
5. Connor Grunwald - 4.81M (15-09.25)
6. Timothy Murphy - 4.66M (15-03.50)
3. Eric Masington - 17.71M (58-01.25)
17. Sam Smith - 12.87M (42-02.75)
18. Kris Horn - 12.85M (42-02.00)
3. Harley Lacroix - 14.81M (49-07.25)
4. Amanze Williams - 14.79M (48-06.25)
6. Treval Hatcher - 14.45M (47-05.00)
6. Toby Belton - 1.96M (6-05.00)
9. Demario Gray - 1.96M (6-05.00)