Feb. 17, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio – Darnell Cummings led the UConn men’s track and field squad to its ninth indoor BIG EAST Championships title as the Huskies captured first place with 142 points at the SPIRE Institute. This marks Connecticut’s 12th total conference crown. Notre Dame finished second with 105.5 points and South Florida was third with 89 points.
Head coach Greg Roy, associate head coach Rich Miller and assistant coach Nick Stenuf were tabbed the 2013 Indoor BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year at Sunday’s award ceremony following the meet. This is the eighth time that Roy’s staff has been honored as the indoor Staff of the Year.
Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) was the lone Husky to claim an individual title following a personal best of 6.76 in the 60 meter dash. UConn had an outstanding showing in the 60 meter dash earning 19 points and seeing two Huskies reach the podium with Cummings in first, while senior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) was third in a personal best 6.80. Senior Kevin Smith (Harwinton, Conn.) registered a time of 6.90 for sixth place.
Connecticut’s 4x800 meter relay squad of Alex Levine (Danbury, Conn.), Tim Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.), Alex Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Alvaro Chavez (West Windsor, Conn.) crossed the finish line first as the team broke the SPIRE record posting a time of 7:32.60.
In the 200 meter dash, Cummings took second in a personal best 21.19 and Smith was sixth in 21.72 to put 11 points in Connecticut’s total.
Senior Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) added another medal to his collection with a second place leap in the high jump of 2.12m (6-11.50) putting eight points towards UConn’s total.
Connecticut earned 23 points in the heptathlon with four Huskies claiming second through fifth place as senior Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) was the top finisher in second place with 5,261 points and Ben Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) finished third with a personal best 5,146 points.
The Huskies earned nine points in the 1,000 meter final with senior Tim Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) taking fourth in 2:30.61, Alex Levine in fourth in 2:31.59 and sophomore James Agati (Valley Stream, N.Y.) finishing eighth in 2:33.17.
In his first BIG EAST Championships, freshman Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) captured the silver medal in the 800 meter run after edging out a Georgetown runner and crossing the finishing in 1:51.71.
Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) and Claudio DelliCarpini (West Harrison, N.Y.) added two top-five finishes to the Husky total taking fourth (7.95) and fifth (8.00) in the 60 meter hurdles, respectively. Maxwell tied his personal best and DelliCarpini set a new career best.
Senior Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) tacks another top-five performance onto his resume as he captured fifth in Sunday’s mile with a time of 4:10.70 adding four points to the team’s total.
On the field, junior Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) recorded a hurl of 16.73m (54-10.75) in the shot put for fourth place. In the triple jump, sophomore Amanze Williams (New Haven, Conn.) claimed sixth (14.69m, 48-02.50) and freshman John Landis (Philadelphia, Pa.) was seventh (14.69m, 48-02.50).
The Huskies continue the championship season next weekend at the IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass.