Championship Central | Day One Results
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UConn men’s track & field team finished day one of the 2018 American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday and are in third place with 35.5 points through six scored events.
The Huskies trail front runner and conference newcomer Wichita State who put up 52 points on day one at the Birmingham Crossplex. The Cincinnati Bearcats are in second place after posting 43 points on day one.
"We didn't finish up too far from where we'd hoped to be, with just a few small setbacks point-wise," stated head coach Greg Roy. "We advanced our athletes as we thought we would. I thought Wichita State had a great first day and Houston is about where we thought they would be. It boils down to who has the best second day in terms of who is going to come out of this conference champs."
On the track, the Huskies picked up 10 points in the 5,000 meters on Friday with junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) and sophomore Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) scoring with top-five finishes. Begley won bronze, taking third in the event with a time of 14:16.61, his fastest time of the season to earn All-AAC honors. Brackman placed fifth clocking in at 14:29.08, also a season-best time.
UConn nabbed a third place finish in the distance medley, finishing with a time of 10:10.26 for the bronze to earn all-conference honors.
In the field events, the Huskies picked-up 19.5 points over four events on Friday. In the pole vault, senior Craig Hunter (Robbinsville, N.J.) competed for the first time since early December and turned in his top-height of the season. Hunter cleared the bar at 5.09 meters (16’8.25”), good for a fifth place finish.
Freshman Daniel Claxton (Long Island, N.Y.) took home the bronze in the high jump where the Huskies had two athletes in the top-five. Claxton cleared a height of 2.06 meters (6’9.00”), good for third overall and All-AAC honors in his first conference championship meet. Classmate Scott Safir (Greenwich, Conn.) finished in fifth place with a height of 2.01 meters (6’7.00”).
Junior Sebastian Castano (Crestkill, N.J.) and freshman Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored for the Huskies in the weight throw, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Castro recorded a top throw of 18.01 meters (59’1.25”) while Thompson registered in at 17.26 meters (56’7.50”).
In the long jump, junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) finished seventh to score for UConn, recording a leap of 7.24 meters (23’9.00”).
UConn had six student-athletes qualify for the Saturday’s finals on the track with a chance to score. Four Huskies moved on to the final in the mile, with junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.) running the second fastest time on Friday at 4:10.31 in heat one. Sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) clocked in at 4:10.79 and junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) posted a time of 4:12.92. In heat two, senior Michael O’Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) crossed the line first with a time of 4:15.20.
Senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) posted the second fastest time in the 400 meter prelims, clocking in at 47.57 seconds, his fastest time this season. In the 800 meter prelim, freshman Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) advanced to Saturday’s final after qualifying out of heat two with the second fastest time at 1:52.23.
The heptathlon will finish up on Friday while UConn’s Jordan Torney (Toms River, N.J.) and Samuel Rusak (Scarborough, Maine) sit in seventh and eighth, respectively, after four events. In the long jump, Torney finished up third with a leap of 7.06 meters (23’2.00”). In the 60 meter dash, Rusak was seventh with a time of 7.19 seconds. The 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters will be contested on Saturday.
Saturday’s action will get underway at 9:00 am. Fans can follow the Huskies by visiting The American Championship Central for live results and live video links.
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