Men's Track Concludes Competition at New Balance Collegiate Invitational



    Feb. 7, 2009

    NEW YORK, New York - In day two of the Collegiate Invitational, the University of Connecticut men's track team enjoyed more success including a win in the pole vault college division by freshman Matt Alexander (Tolland, Conn.). Alexander took the top spot with a height of 5.10m (16-8.75) a new career high for the Husky freshman by .3m (0-11.25) and just a tenth of a meter off of a provisional qualification for NCAAs.

    The men's high jump brought success for the Huskies as senior Marquis Thomas (Boston, Mass.) finished in fourth with a height of 2.09m (6-10.25) with senior Ellis Gaulden (Tallahassee, Fla.) finishing right behind him in sixth place with a height of 2.04m (6-8.25).

    Once again, the 800m run was a great event for UConn. Junior Mike Rutt (Sinking Springs, Pa.) came in sixth overall with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:50.23. Senior Brian Gagnon (Lowell, Mass.) finished 18th overall at 1:53.08.

    UConn finished the meet with two first place finishes and another five top-10 showings in one of the nation's elite meets of the indoor track season. The meet was the final scoring meet the Huskies will participate in before the BIG EAST Championship on February 21 and 22.

    Next weekend, the Huskies will return to action once again at the Armory for the Lafayette-Rider Invitational.