NEW YORK - The University of Connecticut men's track and field team made its final preparations for the 2015 indoor American Athletic Conference championship on Friday when it took part in the Roadrunner Tune-up, hosted by Ramapo College, at The Armory in New York City.
Owen Gonser nearly matched his career-best performance in the mile run, taking first overall with a 4:23.19 overall time, while Stephon Henry posted his second top-20 60m hurdles time in The American (8.22), en route to a second-place overall finish.
The Huskies took two of the top three spots in the 1,000m run, led by a gold medal finish from senior David Cotton (2:30.51), who was followed up by teammate Nick O'Leary (2:32.88) in third.
Trenten Beram, who owns The American's second-best 400m dash time, won the event on Friday, clocking in with a stellar 48.23 time. Robert Hovanec also grabbed a top-10 finish, crossing the line in 49.59.
Michael O'Donnell continued his strong indoor campaign when he won the 800m run with a 1:53.21 time. Teammates Philip Caldwell (1:56.48) and Parker Timmerman (1:58.30) took third and fourth, respectively.
Patrick Hayes shined in the 200m dash, moving into seventh on The American's 2014-15 indoor performance list with a first-place 21.55 second finish and edged out Beram, who took second (21.63). Wyatt Million collected another top finish in the 3,000m run, setting a new personal best with a 8:47.58 time.
The Huskies' excellent weight throw duo grabbed the top two spots in the event, led by a gold medal throw from Oluwatusin Edwards (19.38m) and a silver throw from freshman Pobo Efekoro (17.34m). Efekro also took second in the shot put, turning in a 16.51m toss.
Harley LaCroix's 7.08m first-place finish in the long jump moved him into ninth on the conference performance list. The Husky junior also finished second in the triple jump (14.39m).
Sophomore standout Craig Hunter delivered a 5.25m result in the pole vault, taking first in his first event back in two weeks. Tim Murphy checked in just behind Hunter's mark, leaping 4.80m en route to a second-place finish.
Connecticut rounded out its successful afternoon with a 1-2-3 finish in the high jump led by a career-best 2.03m leap from freshman Justin Sicari. Jake Almquist (1.98m) and Demario Gray (1.93m) took second and third, respectively.
"Meets the week before the conference meet are funny," said 30th-year head coach Greg Roy. "Some guys look right through them straight to the conference, while others use them to work on their fine points. All-in-all, it seems like we made progress today and the kids used this meet to get ready for next week. Next week will tell the tale."
The Huskies will search for their second-straight indoor American Athletic Conference crown on Feb. 27-28 when it returns to The Armory. Check back with uconnhuskies.com throughout the week for updated schedules.