BOSTON – The UConn men’s track and field team loomed at the Valentine Invitational Saturday at the BU Track and Tennis Center.
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“We made a lot of good progress today,” UConn head coach Greg Roy said, “Craig Hunter is really rounding into form. Chinedu Amonu looked tough, as did Alvaro Chavez in the 800. They both looked like experienced senior competitors. Kyle Barber and Peter Garmon took big strides in the 800, while it was nice to get Mike O’Donnell back from a bout with strep throat. All in all, we made some nice strides today.”
Senior captain Craig Hunter was consistently dominant as usual, taking home his fifth first-place crown of the season in the pole vault with a season-high 17’0.75’’ (5.20m) mark.
In the 800m run, Chavez took fourth overall out of 204 athletes (1:49.35). Sophomores Kyle Barber and Peter Garmon finished in the top-25 in that same event. Barber set a new personal record time of 1:51.57 while Garmon ran a season-best 1:51.94.
Amonu, who owns the team’s top mark in the 400m, finished seventh overall, again in a field of over 200 competitors, with a time of 47.48.
Freshman Stedman Cook excelled in the 200m dash, taking fifth overall with a time of 21.65, just two hundredths of a second shy of his personal record.
Rookie Eric Van Der Els and senior captain Michael O’Donnell both finished in the top-30 out of 307 athletes in the mile run. Van Der Els set a new personal record mile (4:07.27), which put him in the top-25 in that event. Senior captain Michael O’Donnell made his comeback Saturday and finished with a time of 4:08.07.
In the high jump, freshman Steve Fossi Noue tied a personal record 6’4.75’’ (1.95m) leap.
The Huskies will compete in the Artie O’Connor Invitational on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Armory in New York City.