Feb. 15, 2014
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.- Four members of the UConn men's track and field team won their respective events as the Huskies competed at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational on Friday at Armory and Field Center.
The Huskies took two of the top three finishes in the 200 meter dash, with Chinedu Amonu leading the way to a second place finish in 21.63. Cummings took the bronze in 21.65 for Connecticut. Amonu also shined in the 500 meter run, posting another of UConn's top finishes by crossing the line in 1:03.70. The time marks Amonu's fastest of the season to date.
A pair of Huskies earned top-ten results in the mile run with Bryan Fowler racing to fifth place in 4:11.09 and Mike O'Donnell grabbing ninth in 4:13. 84.
Tobey Belton and Demario Gray performed well in the high jump. Belton cleared a height of 2.04M (6-8.25) to capture second place while Gray earned his highest finish of the year with an effort of 1.99M (6-6.25) to claim fourth place.
The pole vault belonged to Connecticut as the Huskies swept the podium. Rookie Craig Hunter posted a 5.10M (16-8.75) effort to clinch first place, finishing just .01M short of matching his career-best. Connor Grunwald took home the silver medal with a leap of 4.95M (16-2.75) and senior Cory Duggan earned third after clearing 4.95M (16-2.75).
UConn's triple jumpers also excelled, paced by a first place finish by Harley Lacroix. The sophomore established the squad's longest triple jump so far this season with a leap of 15.23M (49-11.75). Teammate Amanze Williams snatched fifth place with a 14.57M (47-9.75) result. Freshman Treval Hatcher finished in eighth place with 14.36M (47-1.50) and John Landis grabbed 12th place.
Senior Eric Masington displayed another excellent performance in the shot put, capturing second place with a 17.24M (56-6.75) throw. This is the longest shot put distance for both Masington and the Huskies in 2014. In the weight throw, Oluwatosin Edwards also excelled, earning a silver medal with a heave of 18.78M (61-7.50).
The Huskies will have one last tune-up next weekend before the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship gets underway on Feb. 28. Connecticut visits South Bend, Indiana for the Alex Wilson Invitational next week on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Complete UConn Results
60 M Dash
1. Darnell Cummings - 6.83
5. Trelonni Elliott - 6.95
6. Patrick Hayes - 6.97
29. Sean Walsh - 7.55
200 M Dash
2. Chinedu Amonu - 21.63
3. Darnell Cummings - 21.65
11. Patrick Hayes - 22.07
17. Kyle Twombly - 22.36
18. Jared Delane - 22.59
29. Trelonni Elliott - 23.05
400 Meter Run
5. Robert Hovanec - 48.35
12. Dele Owoye - 49.49
13. Aeron Sykes - 49.58
14. John Rettenmeier - 49.75
19. Justin Doehr - 50.63
1. Chinedu Amonu - 1:03.70
3. Kyle Twombly - 1:03.82
9. Philip Caldwell - 1:04.85
8. Paul DeSalvo - 1:54.36
19. Justin Alleyne - 1:59.35
5. Bryan Fowler - 4:11.09
9. Mike O'Donell - 4:13. 84
12. Nick Bertolini - 4:16.24
14. David Cotton - 4:16.83
21. James Agati - 4:19.73
29. Dan Murnane - 4:24.23
60 Meter Hurdle
7. Randall Wall - 8.32
4. Hovanec, Rettenmeier, Sykes, Owoye - 3:25.71
2. Tobey Belton - 2.04M (6-8.25)
4. Demario Gray - 1.99M (6-6.25)
1. Craig Hunter - 5.10M (16-8.75)
2. Connor Grunwald - 4.95M (16-2.75)
3. Cory Duggan - 4.95M (16-2.75)
7. Tim Murphy - 4.65M (15-3.00)
13. Kris Horn - 4.35M (14-3.25)
16. Patrick Meyer
18. Sam Smith
6. John Landis - 6.85M (22-5.75)
8. Kris Horn - 6.72M (22-0.75)
10. Harley Lacroix - 6.59M (21-7.50)
12. Amanze Williams - 6.53M (21-5.25)
13. Patrick Meyer - 6.47M (21-2.75)
17. Sean Walsh - 5.92M (19-5.25)
1. Harley Lacroix - 15.23M (49-11.75)
5. Amanze Williams - 14.57M (47-9.75)
8. Treval Hatcher - 14.36M (47-1.50)
12. John Landis - 13.67M (44-10.25)
2. Eric Masington - 17.24M (56-6.75)
2. Oluwatosin Edwards - 18.78M (61-7.50)