Feb. 18, 2012
NEW YORK, N.Y.-The Huskies will send seven to the BIG EAST finals on Sunday, Feb. 19 following a successful showing in the opening day of the conference Indoor Championships. UConn currently sits in sixth place with 16 points.
Four Huskies competed in the first four heptathlon events on Saturday, with senior captain Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) leading the way with 3,066 points after finishing first in the high jump (2.05m), second in the 60m dash (7.08), third in the long jump (6.50m) and fourth in the shot put (12.97m). Senior captain Ben Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) completed the day with 2,874 points following third (7.20) in the 60m dash, fourth (6.48m) in the long jump and second in the shot put (13.23m).
Also in the heptathlon, sophomore Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) has tallied 2,884 points after a first place finish in the shot put (14.11m) and senior Kyle Rowbotham (Scotch Plains, N.J.) has 2,625 points.
On the track, freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) qualified for the finals in the 60m hurdles with a sixth place finish in 8.11. This time also automatically qualifies the freshman for the IC4A Championship. Sophomore Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) and junior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) reached the finals in the 60m with a second place (6.79) and sixth place (6.83) finish, respectively. Cummings, Drinks and senior Kevin Steinberg (Langhorne, Pa.) all automatically qualified for the IC4A Championships with their performances.
In the 500m dash, junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) qualified for the IC4A's with his 1:05.11 mark, while Cummings and qualified for both the finals on Sunday and IC4A's in the 200m dash taking fourth place (21.69).
The constant threat, Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) will head to the finals in the mile after taking third in 4:11.16, while senior Tim Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) and freshman James Agati (Stream, N.Y.) will compete in the 1,000m finals. Bennatan completed the race third (2:32.59) and Agati in ninth (2:29.16).
Alex Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) will be the only Husky in the 800m finals as he crossed the finish line third in 1:53.64.
In the field events, junior Joshua Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) finished fourth in the weight throw in the BIG EAST with a toss of 18.66m.
UConn senior Matt Alexander (Tolland, Conn.) captured the silver in the pole vault with a leap of 4.95m, which automatically qualifies him for the IC4A Championships.
Connecticut will conclude the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Sunday, Feb. 19 starting at 8 a.m. In addition to the finals for Saturday's events, the Huskies will conclude the heptathlon and compete in the 3,000m, high jump, triple jump and shot put. Check back to uconnhuskies.com for final results and recap.